The Cup Continues To Stay South

My friend Lawrence sent me this story from the New York Times recently, and it certainly is disturbing that no Canadian team has won the Stanley Cup since Montreal did it twenty years ago.

Here’s the link – Why Can’t Canada Win The Cup?

It kicks off like this –

The N.H.L.’s conference finals will begin on Saturday, and fans in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh can still dream of a Stanley Cup championship. But this year is an unhappy anniversary for America’s northerly neighbor. It is 20 years since the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Los Angeles Kings to win the 1993 Stanley Cup; no Canadian team has won the championship since.

Just how unlikely has Canada’s Stanley Cup drought been? And is there anything in the league’s economics that might help to explain it?

The answer isn’t simple, so let me give you the executive summary before we parse the details.

First, bad luck is a major component. Even after accounting for the fact that Canadian teams have rarely been among the league’s best in recent years, you would still have expected Canada to pick up at least a couple of Stanley Cups at some point.

Check out the entire piece and see his other reasons.

And hopefully the Canadiens can end this nonsense in 2014.

One thought on “The Cup Continues To Stay South”

  1. Wow, I don’t know what to make of that article. For one, he sure put in a lot of research and time. It was also very interesting and a good read. There’s one thing I have to say, though. It’s crossed my mind many times over the years that it’s no surprise we don’t win a Stanley Cup. We fill those seats each and every time. Regardless if there’s a snow storm, a strike or someone got a concussion and the perpetrator was not spanked (Chara). We’ve not won in twenty years and we keep going back. Don’t want to sound like a conspiracy theorist….but…

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