Saturday, February 11, 2012

Hockey Day In Canada!

Peeling potatoes in Prince Edward Island!
It's Hockey Day In Canada! With all the Canadian teams in action across the country and many matinee games south of the border, it's going to be a great day. This year, Hockey Day In Canada will be broadcast from Prince Edward Island and you can expect the regular features the day holds: Ron MacLean reading poetry about frozen landscapes, Don Cherry be treated like a God (or Shakespeare), heartwarming stories of communities coming together, goofy Ron MacLean sweaters, and footage of kids playing shinny. It's going to be an occupy-your-couch-kind-of-day and here are some quick Hockey Day In Canada facts to keep in mind throughout the day:
  • This is the 12th Hockey Day In Canada. Started in 2000 and only missed one year due to the NHL lockout of 2005.
  • With P.E.I hosting this year, there are two remaining provinces/territories yet to host: Northwest Territories and Quebec. 
  • There are approximately 572,411 registered hockey players in Canada, just over 4 times the population of Prince Edward Island (140,204).
  • With 7 Canadian teams this year, there will be an American team joining the broadcast, the Sidney Crosby-less Pittsburgh Penguins. This marks the 3rd time an American team has taken part in the event (Colorado Avalanche and Detroit Red Wings in 2008).
  • With a 7-2-1-1 record, the Vancouver Canucks have the best Hockey Day In Canada record. The Edmonton Oilers have the worst with a 2-7-0-1 record. 
  • Brad Richards is the most successful hockey product out of P.E.I (in case you didn't know from the 2004 Stanley Cup Playoffs). With 750 points, a Stanley Cup, a Conn Smythe, and a Lady Byng, he is the biggest potato of the bunch from P.E.I.
  • One of the events taking place in P.E.I is a game between the University of Prince Edward Island and St. Thomas University Tommies. Last year's playoff darling, Joel Ward, played four seasons at UPEI.
  • "The Hockey Song" legend, Stompin' Tom Connors, grew up on Prince Edward Island.

2 comments:

  1. Watching it now! Can't wait until Sundin gets honored!

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  2. No silly sweaters on Maclean this year.
    I have only left my couch today to grab a beer and piss..lol

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