Sunday, May 20, 2007

A thought on European captains

Here's a thought: If the Detroit Red Wings can somehow beat Anaheim the next two games and get to the Stanley Cup finals, a European captain will lead his team to an NHL championship for the first time ever.

I guess the only question is, will it be Daniel Alfredsson or Nicklas Lidstrom who accomplishes the feat?


At 10:09 p.m., May 20, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll bet there will still be people saying that, with one exception, you still need a North American captain to really understand what it takes to lead a team to the Cup.

Don't confuse people with the facts if their prejudices are already set in stone.

At 10:21 p.m., May 20, 2007, Blogger Nick said...

Maybe, since neither of those teams have a north american as a captain, they'll somehow both lose the series.

At 1:50 a.m., May 21, 2007, Blogger J.R. Hippe said...

"European captain" sounds a hell of a lot like "Black quarterback". It's ridiculous that this needs to be discussed -- hopefully Daniel Alfredsson, like Doug Williams, puts an end to it soon.

At 2:19 a.m., May 21, 2007, Blogger Doogie said...

And only one American captain has done it, too.


At 5:44 a.m., May 21, 2007, Blogger danielao said...

It already happened almost 70 years ago. Johnny Gotteslig, born in Russia, captained the Chicago Blackhawks to a Stanley Cup in 1938.

So, whoever if a "Euro" wins it this year, they'll be the second captain born in Europe, but I guess the first who played their early years in Europe. That's a mouthful to put in the record books. :D

At 11:19 a.m., May 21, 2007, Blogger Nick said...

"European captain" sounds a hell of a lot like "Black quarterback".

I agree, my gut response to I guess the only question is, will it be... was "What about this question - what does it matter?"

At 1:03 p.m., May 21, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

It doesn't matter, but expect it to be a note of growing media interest once the finals get going. I just wanted to be the first to point it out :)

At 2:21 p.m., May 21, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a little early to be celebrating with a plate of Freedom Fries, girls. The Ducks are not only captained by a Canadian they only have three Euros on their entire roster.

At 6:21 p.m., May 21, 2007, Anonymous Baroque said...

And without one of those "Euros", the Ducks wouldn't have a 3-2 lead over Detroit, either.

At 8:37 p.m., May 21, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahh, nice pointing it out, but you aren't the first.

Some shrewd Hawk fans figured it out before you, back in April.

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