The San Jose Sharks have jumped out to a 2-0 advantage over the Detroit Red Wings in the 2010 Stanley Cup Conference Semi-Finals, and although they have a long way to go, visions of a Stanley Cup Championship are skating around in their collective heads. The Sharks are looking to avenge their 2007 Semi-Final departure at the hand of these very Red Wings, and so far, so good. If the Sharks are lucky (Good) enough to go on and win the Championship (that road may have to go through Vancouver!), that would leave the Vancouver Canucks as the only team currently in the Playoffs to have never won the cup.
I know this because the Canucks are one of the correct answers to this past Friday’s “ICE & EASY” Hockey Trivia Contest! This was the question(s): The San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks are the only teams currently in the NHL Playoffs to have never sipped from the NHL Stanley Cup. Which of these two teams has made it to the finals before, only to be denied victory at the hands of a New York team TWICE, and which New York team was it that produced the first American born player ever to win the Conn Smythe Trophy?
As many of you guessed correctly, it was the Canucks who lost to the New York Islanders (1982) and New York Rangers (1994) respectively, while the Sharks have never made the Finals. Brian Leetch from the Rangers was, and still is, the only American Born player to ever win the Conn Smythe Trophy. We did get a few people who guessed Bryan Trottier of the Islanders for some reason (he’s Canadien), and one person guessed BRAIN Leetch. That’s funny.
With all this Empire State stuff, it figures the winner of the FREE Original Retro Brand NHL shirt would be a New Yorker! Jonathan W., of Lake Ronkonkama N.Y., got the 2-part question correctly, and also volunteered that Mr. Leetch comes from “…the lovely state of Texas.” As always, we determined the winner of the FREE Original Retro Brand NHL T-Shirt by conducting a drawing in which we picked one name from the first ten entries that guessed correctly, and that dude was Jonathan. Jonathan has chosen the Blackhawks beauty above as his prize. Congrats Jonathan!
Enjoy all of this week’s NHL Playoff action, and be sure to check back this coming Friday for another installment of the “ICE & EASY” Hockey Trivia Contest, and you may be the next winner!
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