One of the unique traits in a hockey fan’s DNA is that devotion doesn’t stop upon elimination. Even though our season ended a few weeks ago, and most of us will be following the 2011 Stanley Cup Final from afar, we’ll adopt the Bruins or Canucks as one of our own.
It’s only for two weeks anyway.
Here are some connections between the Wings and the 2011 Stanley Cup Final.
– Justin Abdelkader scored his National Championship winning goal on Canucks backup goaltender Cory Schneider of Boston College.
– Mike Babcock coached Roberto Luongo and Patrice Bergeron on the 2010 Canadian Olympic Hockey Team … in Vancouver.
– The Sedin brothers played with Nick Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg, Nicklas Kronwall and Tomas Holmstrom at those same Olympics.
– Ryan Kesler attended Livonia Churchill and played for Little Caesars, Honeybaked and Compuware as a kid.
– Tim Thomas is a 1992 graduate of Davison High School. As a junior, he once made 62 saves in a 3-2 six-overtime victory over Port Huron Northern.
– Red Wings PR Coordinator Rick Bowness will be leading any ‘Go Canucks Go’ chants in the office. His dad Rick Sr. is the assistant coach of Vancouver, and was a former head coach of the Bruins.
As for the pick of this writer and the Hockeytown Blog, Vancouver’s the choice in seven games.
- Kesler tells the Vancouver Sun that the Stanley Cup Final stage is bigger than the Olympics.
- Former Rangers broadcaster Howie Rose talks about his experience calling games in Vancouver during the 1994 Stanley Cup Final, which the Canucks lost in seven games.
- The Heat may be in the NBA Finals, but the Stanley Cup Final is a hotter ticket.
- Red Wings assistant coach Paul MacLean has interviewed for the vacant Ottawa Senators head coaching job.
Boston or Vancouver, who are you rooting for and why?