Carnie's Comments


I knew it was coming after the Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Tweets, the Facebook posts, the newspaper headlines like this one in the Winnipeg Sun; "Hosers hosed again:  Canada's Stanley Cup drought hits 30".  

Reporters and hockey fans alike are talking about the fact the last time a Canadian-based team won the championship was 1993 when the Montreal Canadiens hoisted the cup. The key words there are "Canadian-based".

Every single team in the NHL has Canadian content. Hockey is still our game.

By the numbers, the Vegas Golden Knights, who just eliminated Edmonton, have 24 Canadian boys on their expanded playoff roster including 14 from western Canada and 4 players from Saskatchewan. The Oilers had 5 fewer Canadians on their roster with 7 from western Canada and just one Saskie.

So, while the Oilers are based in Canada, the Golden Knights have a much more robust Canadian flavour.

My question for fans of the Edmonton OIlers is, how does that grab ya?  Eh?