The fact that no Canadian team has won the Stanley Cup since 1993 (Habs) is not a big deal. People run screaming to the hills when the last shinny squad from our fine nation is eliminated from the NHL playoffs. Ok, maybe not screaming.
Some people cheer for the enemy, even after that team has been bounced by a rival. See Flames versus Canucks and Canadiens against the Sens.
There are 23 member clubs in the USA and just seven up here. Not the greatest odds.
There are still tons of players from Canada on ALL of the NHL’s teams.
But now there is now a pretty decent reason why it matters if one of those seven Canadian squads goes on a deep playoff run. Television.
The conference finals start this weekend. Normally in the Great White North we would get at least one of those games in the late afternoon on something we used to be called Hockey Night in Canada.
But not this weekend.
The Rangers and Bolts begin in the Big Apple at 1 PM local time, 10 AM out here on Saturday. Sunday at noon here and in Anaheim, it’s the Ducks and Hawks.
American television (NBC) is calling the shots here. Typically our friends to the south consume their sports in the afternoon on weekends.
When it comes to hockey, that seems like sacrilege in our dominion. We are down to the final four teams in the NHL playoffs and we cannot get a game on at a decent hour?
We’ll get over it. PVR the games and go into the cone of silence.
At least we are not a huge Canadian media conglomerate that is paying over five billion dollars to the NHL for the next dozen years. Apparently that does not buy you any say in NHL playoff scheduling.