Monday, 12 June 2017

Quest for the Stanley Cup


Every year, Canadian hockey fans grow out their beards and don their unwashed jerseys to watch their favourite team compete in the NHL playoffs for a chance to win the Stanley Cup.

The Stanley Cup is the oldest existing trophy to be awarded to a professional sports franchise and it’s inherently Canadian. Governor-general Lord Stanley awarded it to Canada’s top-ranking amateur team, originally in 1893. It became the official NHL championship prize in 1927. Little known fact, the Stanley Cup is not actually owned by the NHL, it is entrusted to the NHL by the trustees of the cup.

Since the expansion of the NHL in 1967, the Stanley Cup has become one of the hardest trophies to win in all of professional sports and is often referred to as “The Holy Grail”. The ultimate goal for all hockey players, coaches, owners and fans all around the world.

During the NHL playoffs from April to June, Canadians consume more beer and potato chips than any other time of the year. They tune into the CBC more than any other time of the year and Don Cherry buys the most fabric for his ridiculous suits during the first intermission’s “Coaches Corner”.

Fans and the hockey world follow along closely with every goal, every missed call, every injury and every shot that rings off the post. Fans, including some of us here at Real Man Travels, have gone on playoff road trips to see some of our favourite teams compete in other cities over the years. But, in the end, it’s the Hockey Gods that will determine who wins the most coveted prize.

With only six Canadian teams in the NHL, and the league expanding to Las Vegas in 2018, it’s getting harder for Canadian teams to bring the trophy back to north of the border. The last Canadian team to win the Stanley Cup was Montreal Canadians in 1993.

As the 2017 Stanley Cup was won yet again by Pittsburgh Penguins, at least we know the main ingredient was a Canadian himself. Sidney Crosby from Nova Scotia now has raised the Cup as captain of the Penguins three times. They are also bookmarked by two Canadian goaltenders in Matt Murray and Marc-Andre Fleury.

The Quest for Stanley Cup during the NHL playoffs is a magical time. So guys, when April rolls around again in 2018, get ready to grow that facial hair, stock up on your favourite craft beers and buy those poutine-flavoured chips we all seem to love so much.

What is 150 of our favourite Canadian things? Read about it here


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