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And then there were none (Canadian teams, that is)

Apr 27, 2012, 12:58 PM EDT

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For the first time since 1996, there won’t be a single Canadian team in the second round of the playoffs. Or to put it another way, there are the same number of Canadian teams still in the hunt for the Stanley Cup as Mexican teams. (Mexico: also very disappointed.)

It’s not a huge surprise, really. Only two of the seven Canadian clubs – the Senators and Canucks – actually qualified for the postseason. Ottawa wasn’t expected to take out the Rangers and, according to Canucks GM Mike Gillis, Vancouver had a nervous breakdown (or something) after beating Boston in January.

In some ways, though, what happened in 1996 was worse for hockey fans north of the border. That year, five of the seven Canadian teams made the playoffs, with none of them advancing past the first round.

Plus, 1996 was the Jets’ final season in Winnipeg before moving to Phoenix.

  1. sunking1 - Apr 27, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Beautiful. All is well in the hockey world.

  2. bcisleman - Apr 27, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    At some level, I am sure this bothers Canadians. But, as much as it does, they still don’t want to see OTHER Canadian teams win. Calgary vs Edmonton, Toronto vs Ottawa, Toronto vs Montreal etc and nobody wants the Canucks to win.

    • you4real - Apr 27, 2012 at 1:38 PM

      You accidentally included T.O not once, but twice….everyone knows post-season is a myth in t-dot. I’m sure most Canadians take solace in the fact plenty of US teams are driven by Canadian stars.

      • geostrophically - Apr 27, 2012 at 2:46 PM

        Too bad two of the teams that are predominantly Canadian are also out. Boston and Chicago.

        Whatever, I am more excited to see the possibility of a team being crowned as the Stanley Cup Champion for the first time.

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 27, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Doesn’t bother me at all. I like good hockey and there’s still lots of that left.

    Of course that has a lot to do wih these teams being made up of mostly Canadian players.

  4. jason9696 - Apr 27, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    I’m Canadian and it doesn’t bother me at all. The only Canadian team I would ever cheer for in the playoffs is my own. And it wasn’t Vancouver or Ottawa. So I was happy to see them both lose. Especially the ever annoying Canucks and their rioting fans.

    • salmon90 - Apr 27, 2012 at 4:28 PM

      I like how you’re too ashamed to mention who your team is! Time to go back to the riot now.

      • govtminion - Apr 27, 2012 at 4:32 PM


  5. silversun60 - Apr 27, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    I’m Canadian and I don’t get why the big deal about Canadian teams in the playoffs, or bringing the cup back to Canada. It’s not like this is the old days where every team was full of home grown talent, every team has guys from all around the world. Who cares if it’s a Canadian or American team….

    • blomfeld - Apr 28, 2012 at 10:55 AM

      “Who cares if it’s a Canadian or American team ?” ….

      Well I suspect the Mexicans care ! :) In all seriousness, this article by Brough is exactly the reason why I come here to PHT … it’s interesting, informative and always packed with “tongue-in-cheek” sarcastic humor ! I love it, just as I’m sure you guys do too ! :)

      Now with this business of the Canucks and their nervous breakdown back in January … I’m laughing so hard right now that I can barely type ! Are the Canucks a hockey team or a bunch of “valley girls” going through the trials and tribulations of growing up ? Mike Gillis … you’re pathetic pal !

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