5 Reasons to Love Canadian Sports
The 1993 NHL Stanley Cup and the MLB World Series were the last major Canadian sports teams to win a North American sporting title. And it was the only year in which two Canadian clubs won a major championship.NHL clubs in The Great White North have seen a more than 20-year drought of Stanley Cups. The Blue Jays, who soared to glory in the early 1990s, have had their wings clipped in years since.Meanwhile, the country lost one of its two NBA franchises in 2001 when the Vancouver Grizzlies moved to Memphis, Tennessee. The Montreal Expos baseball team followed the Grizzlies south in 2004 after years of financial problems.Twenty-four years of hurt have followed Canadian sports fans. So what do Canadian sports lovers have to look back on and smile about over the last two decades?
- Canadian Women’s Soccer
- Toronto Raptors NBA Playoff Regulars
Despite losing the Vancouver Grizzlies just six years after they entered the NBA, the Toronto Raptors have found success in the league’s Eastern Conference.The Raptors have made nine playoffs since joining the NBA in 1995, including four straight appearances.The team is still looking for their first NBA title, but with the way Toronto has improved over the last few years, perhaps a championship won’t be too far away. Some big names have played for the Raptors such as Vince Carter, Chauncey Billups, Chris Bosh, and Damon Stoudamire.The team is currently led by three-time All-Star Kyle Lowry and regularly brings basketball fans in the city to their feet.
- MLS’s Spread Across Canada
- George St-Pierre and UFC Glory
- The Glory of ’93
To this day, 1993 is the best sports year in the country’s history. The Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series in dramatic fashion as Joe Carter slammed a game 6 walk-off home run against the Philadelphia Phillies.Carter became an instant Canadian national hero when he sent Mitch Williams’ 2-2 pitch over the outfield wall.Five months prior, the Montreal Canadiens won the NHL’s Stanley Cup for the 24th and final time.The Patrick Roy inspired team knocked off Wayne Gretzky’s Los Angeles Kings four games to one. The Canadiens’ triumph was the last time a Canadian NHL team lifted the Stanley Cup.