The team of the last decade, if you count from now backwards (1994-2004) is obviously the New Jersey Devils. But if we're speaking of the nineties as a total decade, Detroit has the longest claim to greatness and Pittsburgh, Colorado both have dibs on parts of it.
They all pale in comparison to the eighties Oilers and seventies Habs in my memory.
Yep, this is a sure sign of the Armageddon--- Leafs fans and Habs fans collaborating on how great Jean Beliveau is to hijack a thread. We are supposed to be starting pissing contests to send threads into tailspins!
You can connect the dots and make an arguement that Beliveau played a role in The Leafs 3 straight cups in the early 60's. The Imlach Leafs were a great example of right coach in right place at right time, much like the Shero Flyers now that I think about it. Imlach coached Beliveau in Quebec[Senior League] and without the spotlight on that team in the 50's, who knows if Imlach would have progressed and gotten the Toronto job ? A reach, but history is filled with these. My daughter used to joke and use the line from Anne of Green Gables, fortuitous providence [?] I believe. Damn you Beliveau, look what you've done ?
I saw that on his biography on the Biography channel.
He should have been in the top 10 greatest Canadians; definitely more deserving than Cherry.
I heard that Cherry got in as a joke. A bunch of people thought this whole program was a terrible idea and organized a big drive to vote for Cherry. Can't vouch for the accuracy of that, but I really hope so, because that's terrible otherwise.
Also, much as I like Terry Fox and respect what he did, I'm going to go with Pearson.
1. Montreal - Unbeleivable past, among the best of all sports orginizations in the world.
2. Toronto - And to think, 1967 is the last time they won. I think they were neck and neck with Montreal at that time too.
3. Detroit - 50's, 97-98, etc.
4. Edmonton - They were probably the most publicized hockey team in their day. They were probably a team that caused more people to be fans of the nhl than any other team.
5. Boston - Just ahead of New york