Fan Fuel: Canada-wide Hockey Showdown

September 25, 2012, 2:18 PM

BY ALEX FLETCHER – FAN FUEL BLOGGER

Last Friday, Sportsnet’s Luke Fox built off of an idea conjured up by the Philadelphia Flyers’ Maxime Talbot and Bruno Gervais. The two players are behind “La tournĂ©e des joueurs”, a series of games between fellow locked-out NHLers that, according to a report from TVA, will pit a team representing Montreal against one representing Quebec, and see proceeds from ticket sales benefit children’s charities.

Fox’s suggestion? Expand the tournament and present Ontario versus Quebec. Several fans prodded one step further in the article’s comments section by proposing an inter-provincial tournament that includes the entire country. Along with Fox’s rosters for Ontario and Quebec, here are my two-line squads for Canada’s remaining eight provinces, using the birthplaces on record at hockey-reference.com. (The four Atlantic provinces were grouped together because of their few NHL offspring, and the territories, with no players currently in the NHL, had to be left out.)

Team Alberta:



Forwards: Taylor Hall, Tyler Ennis, Jarome Iginla, Ray Whitney, Bryan Little, Shane Doan



Defence: Dion Phaneuf, Brad Stuart, Jay Bouwmeester, Mike Green



Goalies: Chris Mason, Ben Scrivens



Healthy reserve: Kyle Brodziak, Braydon Coburn, Joffrey Lupul, Ryan Smyth, Kris Versteeg





Team Atlantic Canada:



Forwards: Brad Marchand, Sidney Crosby, Ted Purcell, Ryane Clowe, Brad Richards, Michael Ryder



Defence: Andrew MacDonald, Adam McQuaid, Adam Pardy, Randy Jones



Goalies: Joey MacDonald, Cedrick Desjardins



Healthy reserve: Luke Adam, Danny Cleary, Colin Greening, Steve Ott, Colin White





Team British Columbia:



Forwards: Milan Lucic, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jamie Benn, Andrew Ladd, Kyle Turris,Evander Kane



Defence: Dan Hamhuis, Shea Weber, Jason Garrison, Brent Seabrook



Goalies: Carey Price, Jason LaBarbera



Healthy reserve: Eric Brewer, Troy Brouwer, Josh Gorges, Shawn Horcoff, Willie Mitchell





Team Manitoba:



Forwards: Alexander Steen, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Dustin Penner, Travis Zajac, Darren Helm



Defence: Duncan Keith, Travis Hamonic, Bryce Salvador, Ian White



Goalies: James Reimer, Barry Brust



Healthy reserve: Cam Barker, Matt Calvert, Cody Eakin, Aaron Rome, Jordin Tootoo





Team Ontario:



Forwards: James Neal, Steven Stamkos, Claude Giroux, Rick Nash, Jason Spezza, Corey Perry



Defence: Brian Campbell, Drew Doughty, Michael Del Zotto, Alex Pietrangelo



Goalies: Mike Smith, Brian Elliott



Healthy reserve: Matt Moulson, Tyler Seguin, Jeff Skinner, Eric Staal, P.K. Subban





Team Quebec:



Forwards: David Perron, Danny Briere, Martin St. Louis, Alexandre Burrows, Patrice Bergeron, Jason Pominville



Defence: Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Kris Letang, Francois Beauchemin, Marc-Andre Bergeron



Goalies: Martin Brodeur, Marc-Andre Fleury



Healthy reserve: Pascal Dupuis, Roberto Luongo, P.A. Parenteau, Mike Ribeiro, Paul Stastny





Team Saskatchewan:



Forwards: Patrick Marleau, Ryan Getzlaf, Jordan Eberle, Brenden Morrow, Tyler Bozak, Scott Hartnell



Defence: Nick Schultz, Luke Schenn, Jared Cowen, Cory Sarich



Goalies: Cam Ward, Braden Holtby



Healthy reserve: Devan Dubnyk, Curtis Glencross, Josh Harding, Chris Kunitz, Brooks Laich



The outcome: Ontario’s abundance of offensive weaponry would probably propel it to victory. And the runner-up? B.C. boasts a well-balanced group with enough burliness to match any competitor.

Your predictions?

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