It always seems top of mind - does an NHL team need a bunch of Canadian players to win the Stanley Cup?
The bottom 6 forwards (role players) on the Stanely Cup champs Boston Bruins were all Canadian: Paille, Thornton, Ryder, Seguin, Campbell and Kelly.
This begs the question: was this done by design?
A little more than half of NHL players are Canadian. My guess is this number climbs significantly if you are looking at the percentage of Canadians on third and fourth lines. I do welcome your comments on this point (if you want to do the math, I'll post your article).
Whether or not the Bruins intended to fill their roll player roster spots with Canadians, you can expect this will become a hot topic of discussion.