Fan Fuel: Canada-wide Hockey Showdown

September 25, 2012, 2:18 PM


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 (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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