Follow the data, which from 1993 to 2019, indicate focusing on above-average goaltending, team defence, strong penalty killing and two-way play as the keys to get ahead, according to academics.
What’s going on? Canadian teams have won 43 Stanley Cups to date, and Canadian men, women, junior and world teams almost always medal. Something’s amiss. And it’s systematic. By chance alone, Canadian teams should’ve skated the Cup again by now.
In 2013, Nicholas Goss of the Bleacher Report wrote “Anatomy of a Stanley Cup Champion.” He championed depth scoring, veteran leadership, standout defencemen, rock-solid goaltending, and 100 per cent player effort and buy-in.
Shortly thereafter, The Hockey Fanatic published “What Is Wrong With Canada’s NHL Teams?” musing about expansion issues, player preference for warmer climates, lower Canadian dollar values, team-relocation issues, Canadian media and fan pressure, NHL-based obstacles and a “Canadian Curse.” Last month, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun lamented further about the 26-yea...