Game seven is tonight. The winner gets the glory of busting a 40-year drought, the losers get absolutely nothing to salve the horrible bruising they've taken in this series.
Freddy to his friends. The 16th Earl of Derby to his toadies. Governor General of Canada for five years late in Queen Victoria's reign.
The original cup was a sterling silver candy dish that Lord Stanley bought for $50 because his kids loved this silly little Canadian game played on ice. The original cup is locked away in the Hockey Hall of Fame like some religious icon and has not seen actual ice for 42 years.
The Boston Bruins are one of the Original Six NHL teams. The first NHL team to use a Zamboni. The doormat of the league during those early years, they had only four winning seasons from 1947-1967. Their best player in history was Bobby Orr. Last won the Cup in 1972.
The Vancouver Canucks entered the NHL in 1970. The last Canadian team in the finals was Ottawa in 2007, the last to win the cup was Montreal in 1993. Their best player was....That's a toughie. Mark Messier played for them when he was well past his prime. Probably their best player was Markus Naslund.
What's a Canuck?
By the by, Vancouver is the better team but Boston will win tonight on the skates of goalie Tim Thomas.