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Filling The Void: Missing Lord Stanley

Can you believe it’s been 26 years (and counting) since a team from Canada has won the Stanley Cup?

QUEBEC, MONTREAL CANADIENS 1993 STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS Souvenir plate by Jerry “Woody” is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Filling The Void: Missing Lord Stanley

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It’s hard to believe we’ve been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic for so long. More than a month has passed since I’ve left my apartment for anything other than an essential grocery run. Life has been challenging to say the least. There have been days that have flown by – filled with a variety of things to keep me busy. I’m pretty sure I spent other days counting every single second of what seemed an eternity. I think we’re all dealing with this unprecedented situation in our own varied ways. As the world continues to grapple with this pandemic, the question on everyone’s mind is:

“When Will It End?”

“The end” will very much vary from place to place. It depends on where you live in the world and how hard the impact of the virus is in your location. But, for our neighbors to the north, they’re asking the same question in a different scenario: The Canadian Stanley Cup Drought.

Note the date of that tweet – April 24, 2019. That’s right, it’s been 26 years (and counting) since a Canadian team has won the Stanley Cup. The current NHL standings don’t look too encouraging either. Of course, that’s assuming the remainder of the season and the playoffs are played out. Currently, there are three Canadian teams (Toronto, Calgary, and Edmonton) who are in a playoff spot (top 3 teams in each division). Of the four remaining spots (next two highest-placed teams in each conference) only Winnipeg would add to the mix. That would put 4 of the 7 Canadian teams into the postseason. That’s 25% of the field. If you’re a Canadian hockey fan, you’re hoping that they somehow finish the season and give their teams every chance possible to break the streak.

Until Then…

Of course, coronavirus has thrown everything into chaos. Across the globe, everyone is trying to determine the best course of action both in terms of public health and economically speaking. Sports leagues are scrambling to try and figure out how to get back in action, but there simply are no straightforward answers right now. So – while we play the “wait and see” game, we offer you a look back to the last time a Canadian team won The Stanley Cup.

Today: Montreal Canadiens vs. Los Angeles Kings – 1993 Stanley Cup Final – Game 5

If you’re a Montreal Canadiens fan this is probably one of your fondest memories. This was a rare time that the Cup had been won on their home ice, so it’s nice to watch them celebrate in front of their fans. If you’re a Kings fan – you get to watch Wayne Gretzky (who shockingly was held without a single shot on net in this game), Luc Robitaille and Marty McSorley (whose illegal stick may have turned the tide of the entire series). For those fans who are “neutral” for this game – there’s Kelly Hrudey‘s bandana (it was a purely functional decision to keep his hair back and sweat out of his eyes since he wore contacts). And last but not least – perhaps the best reason to watch the game above – BARRY. MELROSE. MULLET.

See You Tomorrow. Stay Safe. Stay Smart. Wash Your Hands.

Joe is an actor who grew up eating, living and breathing sports. He spent many an afternoon on the soccer or baseball field in his youth (and even gave several other sports a shot) before a series of events put him on the path to pursuing a performing career. Subsequently, he's worked almost every other type of job you could imagine while trying to support that endeavor. Whenever he's not working any of those jobs, he can often be found watching, playing or discussing sports in some way. Most of that banter revolves around the Mets, Giants, Rangers or Manchester United. His short term goal is to fully convert his fiance into a rabid sports fan, not someone who leaves the room whenever he turns a game on.

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