Aside from maybe maple syrup, hockey is probably the most popular thing in Canada. However, our overly polite neighbors to the north won't have much to watch when the NHL regular season comes to an end in a few days. For the first time since 1970, there will be no Canadian team participating in the NHL postseason.
It's been 46 years, but once again, Canada won't send a team to compete for the Stanley Cup, which is still shocking considering that the Montreal Canadiens started the season with a 9-0 record. The last time there was no Canadian team in the playoffs was a relatively important year for Bruins fans. On top of a Stanley Cup, the Bruins made one of the most memorable moments in hockey history when Bobby Orr dove through the air after scoring against the Blues.
Since the Bobby Orr season in 1970, at least 2 Canadian teams have made it to the post season tournament. The only exceptions were in 1973 and 2014 when the Montreal Canadiens were the only team from Canada in the tournament.
Although it is widely known that hockey is owned by the Canadians, there hasn't been a cup raised north of the border since 1993. To cap off the '92-'93 season the Canadiens battled the Los Angeles Kings and eventually defeated them in 5 games to raise their 24th Stanley Cup. For perspective, the last time a Canadian team raised the cup, get your boo's ready, Gary Bettman was named the commissioner of the NHL.
If you're a Canadian reading this, get the moose and maple syrup ready, or whatever you people do when there's no hockey. Yes, we have to suffer through Donald Trump campaign speeches, but at least we get to watch some hockey for the next few weeks.
Side note: When does Canada change their national anthem to "Woe Canada"? I'll see myself out.
• Win World War II ✔
• Land on Moon ✔
• Take hockey from Canada ✔
USA! USA! USA!
By Matt Watts