Many believe the 1992-93 NHL season was among the finest staged in the League's history. From the addition of two teams through expansion, to the sudden prominence of European players, to the heroics of Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux, to the crowning of Montreal as Stanley Cup champions, the season was full of memorable moments. On its 20th anniversary, NHL.com will spend the year looking back at the key moments of that '92-93 season to see if it may indeed be the NHL's Greatest Season.
This spring will mark the 20-year anniversary of the Montreal Canadiens becoming the last Canadian team to win the Stanley Cup, a trophy originally donated by a Canadian governor general to the country he governed.
During the past decade or so, it has become a rite of spring to mark the elimination of the last Canadian team from the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a story about the country's Cup drought being extended by another year. But have Canadians actually developed a complex around this, or is it a story that doesn't ring true in the day-to-day lives of the Canadian populace?
Two researchers, who have conducted a number of studies regarding the attachment to hockey Canadians feel, don't believe the drought has much resonance among the population -- other than the fact it means the teams they root for haven't won the Stanley Cup.