The Montreal Canadiens will be getting a lot of attention from hockey fans all over the country in the following weeks. They are the only Canadian team to have qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs this season.
“Going into the season, you look at all the Canadian teams and you’d think most of them would be contending,” said Canadiens winger Brendan Gallagher. “For us, being the only one, we’ll probably have some of Canada on our side.
The last time this happened was in 1973. Thankfully, the Montreal team won the Cup back then. They were also the last Canadian team to win a Staley Cup title in… 1993.
In spite of the lack of home teams to root for, Canadians will have plenty of players to support. 206 of the 320 players who will compete in Round 1 of the playoffs are Canadian born.
The Montreal Canadiens will open up their Stanley Cup playoff run tonight against Tampa Bay, Florida.