Building Provincial Rosters of NHL Players and Why ‘Sub-National’ Tournaments Would be Way More Fun than a World Cup of Hockey

Once upon a time, some dude with a beard said “hey play for this”, and teams from cities and provinces far and wide heeded his call (Image: Public Domain).

CASE IN POINT: THE CANADA CUP OF HOCKEY 2022

Which province has the most, or best, NHLers? It’s not a rare Google search, and others have written on the topic. But a list of full rosters is much less discussed (nevermind how a full tournament might shake out). While the idea seems frivolous now, it’s not that out-of-step with the origins of hockey in North America.

Western Pool: Team B.C., Team Alberta, Team Saskatchewan, Team Manitoba

Eastern Pool: Team Quebec, Team Ontario, Team Toronto, Team Maritimes & Territories.

Each pool would play a round robin amongst themselves and a basic 8 team, single elimination, tournament would follow.

Team British Columbia

Team Alberta

Team Saskatchewan

Team Manitoba

Team Ontario

TEAM TORONTO

TEAM QUEBEC

TEAM MARITIMES & TERRITORIES

WHO WINS?

On paper, Team Toronto looks like the favorite. Nonetheless, There is more parity here than I expected, and having crafted the rosters, I actually think this would be a far more competitive tournament than first thought. Splitting TO from the rest of Ontario helpfully robs both teams of key players. TO ends up surprisingly ‘good but not great’ on the backend, while Ontario looses the absurd forward depth it would have otherwise. It’s safe to assume that B.C. or Alberta would come out of the West (I say AB), but the East is probably too close to call (though TO should be favs).

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Danny Bednar

Danny Bednar

Your Friendly Neighborhood Space Agency Worker, Geography PhD, Part-Time Professor, and Author. Writing about Movies, Music, Comics, & Hockey.