Ice hockey is one of the most popular sports in Canada, including Quebec and other cities. The hockey season is proving to be a busy one, with many competitions taking place around the world.
National Hockey League (NHL):
The National Hockey League (NHL) is the largest ice hockey competition in the world. It brings together the 31 best teams in North America: 7 teams from Canada and 24 from the United States. During the regular season, teams are divided into two conferences, similar to the NBA.
The top 8 teams in each conference then meet in the playoffs, culminating in the grand finale called the Stanley Cup.
The World Championship:
Every year, the World Championship brings together the 16 best national teams. Unfortunately, this competition does not follow the NHL calendar and is therefore generally deprived of the best players in the world. The World Championship starts with a pool phase and ends with knockout matches.
The World Cup:
Finally, the World Cup is a rather special competition in that it has only been held three times since its creation in 1996. In fact, this tournament struggles to find its place in the calendar and therefore takes place at irregular intervals with a number of participants that varies with each edition.
Players to watch for your hockey
Many legendary players have written the greatest pages of ice hockey, especially in the NHL: Eddie Shore, Gordie Howe, Bobby Orr, Mario Lémieux, Aleksandr Ovetchtkine, and of course Wayne Gretzky who is still considered the best player of all time.
However, there is no point in living in the past for those who intend to bet effectively on hockey! At the moment, other players are doing well.
Connor McDavid, Bradley Marchand, Aleksander Barkov, Aleksandr Ovetchkine, Evgeni Malkin, and John Eichel are considered the best players in the game. On the goaltending side, Sergei Bobrovsky, Braden Holtby, and Carey Price regularly keep their goal intact.
So what are the Canadian NHL teams?
Currently, there are 7 NHL teams that are located in Canada. From the date of the first gameplay during NHL season, they are:
- Montreal Canadians (1917)
- Toronto Maple Leafs (1917)
- Vancouver Canucks (1970)
- Edmonton Oilers (1979)
- Calgary Flames (1980)
- Ottawa Senators (1992)
- Winnipeg Jets (2011)
There are also some defunct NHL teams in Canada. They were very popular and had a great history, but they no longer exist. They are Ottawa Senators and Winnipeg Jets.