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Stanley Cup Final

Olympic history in Canucks' corner

Saturday, 05.28.2011 / 4:39 PM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

NHL.com

Teams look for all possible good omens at this time of year. The Canucks hope the fact that this is the year after the Winter Olympics were held in Vancouver is a sign that the Stanley Cup will come to town this spring.

Prior to 2010, the Olympics had come to Canada twice – and each time, the NHL team in the host city won the Stanley Cup in the following year.

The pattern began with the Summer Olympics in Montreal in 1976. A year later, the Canadiens won the second of their four consecutive Stanley Cups. Calgary hosted the Winter Games in February 1988. A year later, the Flames defeated Montreal for the only Stanley Cup in franchise history.

The Canucks, who begin this year's Final against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, RDS), hope to continue the trend.


It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery