TORONTO, Oct 06, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Montreal Canadiens were the last Canadian-based NHL team to win the Stanley Cup in 1993, and according to Canadians, the Habs (Les Habitants) stand the best chance at hoisting Lord Stanley's Cup in our home and native land by 2013.
A survey of 1,503 Canadians conducted by Leger Marketing for Yahoo! Canada Sports shows that over 80 per cent of respondents believe a Canadian team can win the Cup by 2013 - the 20th anniversary of the Habs' win.
While 24 per cent believe the Habs have the best shot at winning the Cup again, Canadians believe the Vancouver Canucks have the next best shot (22%), followed by the Ottawa Senators (11%), Calgary Flames (9%), with the Toronto Maple Leafs (8%) and Edmonton Oilers (5%) rounding out the list. Sixteen per cent believe no Canadian NHL team will win the Cup by 2013.
"It's hard to believe almost 20 years have passed since the last Canadian team won the Cup, but it looks like Canadians have faith that Lord Stanley's goblet will find its way to a team north of the 49th parallel again soon," says Steve McAllister, managing editor - sports for Yahoo! Canada. "The National Hockey League has undergone many changes in the last two decades, so it will be interesting to see if the Habs can pull out a win or if the Stanley Cup drought continues for the Canadian clubs."
Other notable findings include:
As part of its ongoing commitment to be the centre of people's online lives, Yahoo! Canada Sports' roster of hockey insiders and experts will bring hockey fans across North America and around the world all the latest news, information and highlights from the 2010-2011 NHL season. Nobody loves hockey more than Canadians, and this year Yahoo! Canada Sports is leading the company's North American hockey coverage, reaching the more than 600 million people who visit Yahoo! each month.
"Canadians love hockey - it's part of who we are, and Yahoo! Canada Sports is pleased to offer hockey fans around the world access to some great original content, breaking news and insights at www.yahoo.ca/sports," says Sam McCaig, hockey editor, Yahoo! Canada Sports. "From the pre-season to when the puck drops on the regular season to when Gary Bettman hands the Stanley Cup to the 2011 champions, Yahoo! Canada Sports will be there every step of the way."
This season, Yahoo! Canada Sports offers hockey fans a variety of original and licensed content to stay up-to-date on all the league action, including:
Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Hockey '10 - NHL fans starting fantasy pools and leagues can sign up at http://hockey.fantasysports.yahoo.com. Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Hockey '10, the official fantasy hockey game for the NHL, provides fans with the #1 fantasy hockey experience. Yahoo!'s fantasy hockey users score with exclusive in-game and post game video highlights, custom league settings, and new live auction drafts - all free.
Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Hockey '10 is the only fantasy game with active NHL players participating this season. The Devils' Zach Parise and Hurricanes' Eric Staal are set to battle it out in a 14-team head-to-head league. The league draft was completed earlier this week so check back throughout the season to see how the NHLers are faring.
Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Hockey's mobile experience is an additional option for fantasy participants to edit lineups, add and drop players, view player stats and notes, manage roster alerts, watch videos, read blogs, and more. Fans can visit http://m.yahoo.com/fantasyhockey on their mobile devices to get started.
Hockey Night in Canada - Yahoo! Canada continues its successful partnership with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) to provide hockey fans with live streaming video of the network's popular CBC's Hockey Night in Canada broadcasts during the regular and post-seasons at http://yahoo.cbc.ca.
CBC's Hockey Night in Canada content featured at Yahoo.cbc.ca will include:
Some of the best hockey writers and bloggers in the business: Yahoo! Canada Sports has some of the top hockey minds - This is a team that makes it a habit of following all the action, news and highlights from the hockey world and bring it all to Yahoo!:
Battle of the Blades Commentary - Jeremy Roenick, a judge on this season's show and Ken Daneyko, a former contestant, provide weekly video commentary and analysis on the popular show for Yahoo! Sports. Erin Nicks will also be penning a weekly column, recapping competition.
Yahoo! attracts hundreds of millions of users every month through its innovative technology and engaging content and services, making it one of the most visited Internet destinations and a world-class online media company. Yahoo!'s vision is to be the centre of people's online lives by delivering personally relevant, meaningful Internet experiences. Yahoo! is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. For more information, visit pressroom.yahoo.com or the company's blog, Yodel Anecdotal (yodel.yahoo.com).
About Yahoo! Canada
Yahoo! Canada Co. is a leading Internet destination that provides online products and services to meet the needs of Canadians and offers a range of tools and marketing solutions for businesses to connect with Internet users. Yahoo! Canada services Canadians in both English and in French through its sites, www.yahoo.ca and www.qc.yahoo.ca. In Canada, Yahoo! sites were visited by more than 17 million Canadians in August, 2010 (comScore Media Metrix). Yahoo! Canada is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario.
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