Tuesday, July 01, 2003

Canada Day Championships 2003

Happy Canada Day!!

Last years winners were the Edmonton Oilers who got past three rounds of very tough tournament action. They defeated a tough Nordiques squad to set the standard the first year. This is the rundown All original 8 Canadian franchises (Quebec, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver) were simulated out in tournament fashion using NHL 2002 for EA Sports. This year, I decided to change it up a bit. Instead of a one-and-done format, I brought the up to date July 1 rosters and simulated an international tournament to first decide the tournament seatings. Then, I watched the final "gold medal" game between the Maple Leafs and the Avalanche (sporting their original Nordiques uniforms).

The game was a classic. In the first period, Toronto took a couple of stupid penalties, but still squeezed out a 2-1 lead. Despite franchise players Sakic and Forsberg, Toronto scored 4 and added an empty net 5th goal. Aebisher stood on his head at times for the retired Roy, but his counterpart Ed Belfour was solid.
Toronto wins the second Canada Day Cup!

Thanks, Canada for a great game, great beer, and a great woman!
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