We Canadians take our hockey seriously. And why not? It is, after all, our game and no other country can match us over the long haul in international competitions. Hockey for us is a source of pride and many of us follow our favourite teams with the fervour you would expect from a religious devotee.
The two most storied Canadian franchises in the National Hockey League (NHL) are, without a doubt, the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs and neither team has distinguished itself of late. The Maple Leafs have not won the Stanley Cup, the symbol of hockey supremacy, in more than 40 years, while the Montreal Canadiens have been mired in mediocrity for a good 15 years.