About 45 years ago Cliff Koroll came home and wore his Hawks jersey in our local Christmas parade, I was about 10 years old at the time and into hockey.... been a Hawks fan ever since.
FWIW Cliff is still with the team.
If I was forced to have to cheer for a Canadian team..... I dunno Calgaryoff or Edmonchuckski I guess, being Ukrainian myself I suppose it would have to be the chuckski's.
The Caps have had an amazing year and I would like to see them against my Hawks in the final, however it plays out one thing for sure is that there will be some really good teams knocked out in the first round.
Sadly dawg - yes! For Leafs fans - no big deal. We were told by Babcock and company that this year was going to be all about getting rid of contracts and stockpiling some youth and developing some talent with the Marlies who they hope will make a long run in the AHL playoffs to give the young guys some playoff experience. The entire season turned out just as predicted. So from the get-go many Leafs fans sort of took a sabbatical and have only checked in on the odd game to check out some of the new talent they have been calling up from the Marlies - hence the lousy early game ratings on Hockey Night In Canada.
I think something like nine players have made their NHL debuts in the last couple of months - and almost all of them will be back with the Marlies come AHL playoff time. So no biggie that the Leafs are on the outside looking in.
The other six Canadian teams - not at all surprising that Vancouver is out and it was always going to be tough for the Jets and Sens - although I'm sure their fans had hope. How many # 1 draft picks are the Oilers going to need before they at least make it within sniffing distance of a playoff spot. lol
The two big disappointments
Calgary. Big disappointment after their late season/playoff run last year
Montreal - just a total collapse without Price in goal.
In the East - the Caps have to be favoured although I would be a bit worried that Crosby and the Pens are rounding into form and have been hot of late if I were a Caps fan.
In the West - will the upstart Dallas Stars be able to handle the playoff pressure or will the L.A Kings use their experience to carry them to the final?
Should be some good series that I will watch some of when not watching the Jays.