O Canada! Our home and native land… I’m not a lumberjack or a fur trader, and I don’t live in an igloo or eat blubber or own a dog sled. And I don’t know Jimmy, Sally, or Suzie from Canada, although I’m certain they’re really really nice. I have a Prime Minister, not a President. I speak English and French, not American, and I pronounce it “About”, not “Aboot”. I can proudly sew my country’s flag on my backpack, I believe in peacekeeping, not policing. Diversity, not assimilation, and that the beaver is a truly proud and noble animal. A toque is a hat. A chesterfield is a couch, And it is pronounced Zed, not “Zee”, Zed. Canada is the second largest land mass, the first nation of hockey, and the best part of North America. I AM CANADIAN…
You recognised the old Molson Canadian commercial known as Joe’s rant, right? I would add to it the fact that Hockey is our Country’s passion and we like to talk about it 12 months of the year. We know what UFA stands for, we call it the Free Agents’ Frenzy, we know what a salary cap is, that fighting is part of hockey and that the Stanley Cup is the hardest trophy to win. We know that Montreal Canadiens is spelled with an “e” and not an “a”. We were born in it and we continue to love the sport and spread the passion.
The real season
What we also know is that while we follow our favourite team through the long, gruelling 82 games regular season, all is forgotten when they qualify for the playoffs. Every Canadian NHL arena lights up, fans go crazy and the Bell Centre in Montreal shakes from its foundation from the crowds’ loud cheers even before the puck is dropped. It’s a tradition. It’s history. And no one knows hockey history more than a Habs’ fan. You don’t believe me? Ask them, they’ll be sure to tell you.
Much has been said about the NHL’s most storied franchise for the past 26 years or so and we’ve attempted to explain this long drought not only for the Canadiens, but for every Canadian team. 1993 was the last time the Habs hoisted the Cup and to this day, they are still the last Canadian team to do so. Worse, there hasn’t been much playoffs’ success to brag about in Canada over the past few years. But some teams did better than others.
Most playoffs series wins
Much is being made by a few disgruntled Habs’ fans about the team not making the playoffs for a while amid a reset, rebuild or retool, whatever you want to call it. But which of the seven Canadian teams has won the most playoffs’ series in the past 10-20 years? The results might surprise you…
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The Vancouver Canucks had really good teams in the 2000’s, but so did the Canadiens. The Senators were coming on, but it was short lived. And that’s when the drought started for the Edmonton Oilers, including horrible drafting and player development. But that’s for another time. The Doug Gilmour years were fading and so did the Toronto Maple Leafs. As a matter of fact, the last time the lowly Leafs won a playoffs’ series was under Pat Quinn as a coach, way back in 2002-03! That’s a sequence of 15 seasons folks! Fifteen! That’s to be added to their last Stanley Cup win back in…1967, 53 years ago!
Habs on top
In spite of their recent struggles to make the playoffs, the Canadiens still hold the bragging rights of having won the most playoffs’ series in the past 10 years. They’ve won it three times, one more time than Calgary and Ottawa. Oh it’s nothing to brag about for sure, but those are the facts nonetheless.
The Sens are rebuilding and will be good in a few years. The Leafs can’t seem to figure out how to take the next step and get through a playoffs’ series in spite of having four forwards tying up half their cap. And the Canadiens seem to be done their reset and based on Marc Bergevin‘s latest moves, they seem bound for a return to the playoffs. As we often hear, once you’re in, you never know what can happen.
Hockey fans across Canada miss the game that they love and they can’t wait to head to the arena, or watch on TV. Few are looking forward to it more than Canadiens’ fans, who want to see their four shiny new acquisitions skate for the first time with the famous Montreal Canadiens’ gear on. The future looks bright but now, the present does too. Go Habs Go!