With our friends to the south observing Memorial Day I thought that I would take the time to plug the Stanley Cup Finals that begin tonight. For us hockey fans up here in Canada, tonight marks the start of the Stanley Cup Finals. For the third consecutive year, Canada is resting hopes on a Canadian entry to bring home the Cup for the first time in 14 years. Previously both the Edmonton Oilers (last years in 2006) and Calgary Flames in 2005 lost in Game 7 of the finals. So this year our hopes rest on the Ottawa Senators. I have a vested interest in the Senators as a friend of mine, Dean Mc Ammond who plays for the Sens is in search of his first Championship. Good luck Dean.
According to Google Trend data, Ottawa seems to the favorite based on past search history.
The Sens have a good chance of doing it this year as they have been the best team since January. While Anaheim is a tough, talented team, the Ottawa Senators just seem driven. Here's a preview of what to expect in the series that begins tonight in Anaheim.
As is the case with many championship games/tournaments, the two cities' mayors threw down their gauntlets and issued wagers on who will emerge as the victors. "Anaheim in six," declared Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle Sunday on CTV's Question Period. "Ottawa in five," countered Ottawa Mayor Larry O'Brien.
The match up has been dubbed by sports writers as "Disneyland versus Parliament." It isn't generating a lot of interest south of the border, judging from the relatively miniscule numbers of accredited U.S. media so far that will be covering the games, but in hockey-mad Canada the team from the nation's capital is shouldering the hopes of a nation.
The losing mayor will have to fly the flag of the winning team -- as well as the flags of the winning team's city, province or state, and country -- in his own city hall. The losing mayor will also have to wear the winning team's jersey.
Further, in the event of a Senators loss, O'Brien will have to wear a Mickey Mouse hat. Pringle, meanwhile, will have to wear a "very specially constructed Mounties' hat which may have a few little additions," said O'Brien. "This is Mickey Mouse versus the Mounties."
Well the Mounties always get their man.. or in this case their mouse. Good luck to all participants. I picked the Senators last October when the season started so all I can say is Let's GO SENS!
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