2011 sees the loss of original Vancouver Whitecaps builders

December 23, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Posted in Whitecaps Season 2011 | Leave a comment

The history of the Vancouver Whitecaps is a complicated, disjointed history.  The team began in 1974, died in 1984, made a modest comeback again in 2000, and took a bold step back into the big leagues by playing its first season in Major League Soccer in 2011.  While it was a bit of a disaster in footballing terms, make no mistake about it, 2011 was a monumental year for the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Sadly, two of the people who had the courage and vision to create the institution we all love today by making it all happen back in the 1970’s died this year. Herb Capozzi died in November, and, very recently, Denny Veitch died.   Capozzi was the owner who purchased a North American Soccer League franchise for Vancouver back in 1973; Veitch was the team’s manager from 1973 until 1977 and was the one who came up with the name “Whitecaps”.

It is fitting that the return of the Whitecaps into the MLS makes us remember and revere the people who conceived of the idea of the Whitecaps back in the past all the more. I hope they were both able to bask in the glory of seeing their idea catch fire again in the city they gave so much to.

For giving birth to the idea of the Vancouver Whitecaps, and for steering the ship back in the early days, we owe these two wonderful gentlemen so much.  To Herb Capozzi and Denny Veitch all I can say is thank you for having the courage and the vision to create such a great Vancouver institution.  My gratitude will last; I will not forget what they brought to our city.

Their families have so much to be proud of.

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