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ON THE 11th HOUR: when the war went quiet
As the Toronto Raptors look to clinch the series against the Golden State Warriors at the Oracle Arena Thursday, the 416 — and arguably the rest of Canada — is infected with Raptor foot (click the link to see what I’m talking about or watch the remix below).
But, we should note that while Canada is enthralled by the Raps starting five — most of which hail from the United States — the St. Louis Blues hockey team is probably the most Canadian team in a sports championship final so far this year.
The Blues took home their first ever Stanley Cup on Wednesday night, earning a glorious 4-1 win over the Boston Bruins.
The St. Louis team has 30 players on their roster for the 2018 season, of whom 21, or more than two-thirds, are Canadian.
The Raptors, by comparison, have one Canadian on the team, Chris Boucher, and 10 Americans. Serge Ibaka and Pascal Siakam come from the Congo and Cameroon respectively, Marc Gasol from Spain and OG Anunoby from England.
Looking at each team’s roster on the NHL website, the Blues have the highest number of Canadians on their team compared to the rest of the NHL, including the Canadian teams.
The Habs have the most maple syrup flowing through their veins — 16 of their 27-man roster are Canadian. The Leafs don’t fall too far behind, with 13 of their 25-man roster coming from the north.
Just about half of the Senators are Canadian and so too are the Canucks. About three-fifths (14 of 23) of the Oilers come from Canadian towns. With the Jets, 10 of 26 are Canadian and 13 of the 27 players on the Calgary Flames are come from the Great White North.
The team with the fewest number of Canadians? It’s the New York Rangers, with only four Canucks on the 23-man roster.
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