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Canada’s Team

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

All week long, in newspapers and on websites, talk radio and television, the issue popped up like an annual rite of spring. It was a variation of the old Woe Is Canada theme – and why it likely that Canada’s Stanley Cup drought could easily extend for yet another season since only one or two of the NHL franchises based in the Great White North are about to qualify for the playoffs. That’d be the Vancouver Canucks, who are in, and the Ottawa Senators, who are close…

The starting point is always the same flawed premise too – that this coast-to-coast failure provides an opportunity for some national soul-searching, as if there really was a common thread linking Canada’s seven NHL franchises.

Why is it is even an issue? To me, Canada is the team that competes internationally in Olympics, world championships, world junior championships etc. – whatever entry we field in international ice hockey competitions around the world. That’s Canada and that’s a completely separate discussion from why Canadian teams haven’t won the Stanley Cup since the Montreal Canadiens did it back in 1993.

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I agree with this 100%.  Two totally different issues.  I am a fierce supporter of our Cdn National Teams however I am an even more fierce supporter of ,in my opinion,  the best hockey team in the world….LGRW

Posted by Wings9119 on 03/30/12 at 04:47 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

The NHL is so international now I don’t see how it’s possible to cheer for a team totally because of where they are geographically. Save the jingoism for the Olympics and WJC.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 03/30/12 at 07:14 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Hey, whaddaya’ know… someone that gets it.

Posted by Primis on 03/30/12 at 07:14 PM ET

WingMan's avatar

FINALLY a sensible article on this topic…

Posted by WingMan from The Q C on 03/30/12 at 08:49 PM ET


Agreed, FINALLY, someone speaking the truth. Congrats Mr. Duhatschek!

Posted by timbits on 03/31/12 at 12:28 AM ET

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