I was watching the Stanley Cup Game Seven tonight between NY Rangers and Washington,with the Rangers knocking the Capitals out 2-1. It'll be the Rangers and Devils in the East and the Kings and Coyotes in the West.
I find it remarkable that sportscasters in this country continue to be addicted to the NHL, even though all Canadian teams are long since out. I tuned into radio sportscasts on Friday, and guess what the top story was? Not the IIHF World Championships, not the Blue Jays, not even junior hockey!
No, the top story was the fact that it was an off night in the NHL playoffs!!
That's right, the top story was the fact nothing was happening in the NHL!
I know it's hard to go even one night without the Stanley Cup on TV in this country, but Canadian fans ought to at least try to follow other sports that actually have Canadian teams playing.
If you really want to follow Canadian hockey, there are still teams alive in other leagues.
Edmonton Oil Kings are still fighting for the WHL title, while the Saint John Sea Dogs and London Knights have already advanced to the Memorial Cup hosted by the Shawinigan Cataractes. Penticton plays Woodstock tomorrow night in Humboldt for the Junior A RBC Cup. And in the AHL, St. John's and Toronto are still alive. Of course, Team Canada is still alive and kicking in the World Championships. So there is still hockey to be had involving Canadian clubs. Too bad none of them are in the NHL.