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.