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 tournée 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.)
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
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.
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