Happy 4th of July puckheads! While the Canadians like to say that hockey is “Canada’s Game,” here at Cardiac Cane we like to think that hockey is for everyone. This year’s Stanley Cup Championship showcased the amazing talent the USA has to offer in the Canucks Ryan Kesler from Livonia Michigan and Conn Smythe winner and puck stopping machine Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins. He hails from Flint, Michigan. You can’t get much more American than that.
Michigan does not just produce cars, Keslers and super-goalies. They produced our very own Chad LaRose and alternate captain and Olympian Tim Gleason. That’s right. I said Olympian. Let’s let that sink in a moment shall we?
- Patrick Dwyer -Spokane, WA
- Joe Corvo – Oak Park, IL
- Jamie McBain – Edina, MN
- Brandon Sutter – Huntington, NY
- Drayson Bowman – Littleton, CO
- Justin Faulk – South St. Paul, MN
- Bobby Goepfert – Kings Park, NY
When we are not out trying to obtain the rest of Team Suomi or the Sutter family we are adding American players to our roster like netminder Brian Boucher of Woonsocket, RI. Woonsocket. Say it! It’s fun!
These aren’t the only Americans who have glided across the ice in Canes uniforms. Let’s not forget recently departed (He’s not dead. He’s just in Canada), Erik Cole from Oswego, NY. It’s 2006 Stanley Cup Champions, Olympians and Minnesotans Bret Hedican and Matt Cullen! Yes they are standing alongside fellow St. Cloud State Husky and Buffalo Sabre Mark Parrish. It’s ok to cheer for Sabres when they are in the Olympics. See: Ryan Miller
With the support of American universities, USA Hockey and regional programs like Compuware Hockey, created by Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr. in Southeast Michigan, hockey in America will continue to grow. And American boys can grow up dreaming about being Hurricanes. God bless America and God bless hockey!