The Best Canadian Hockey Towns


You can’t take a walk down annals of hockey history without mentioning the Montreal’s beloved Canadiens. Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge was founded in 1909 — making it the longest continuously operating NHL franchise in the whole world. The Habs are also the most winningest franchise in hockey history, enjoying the spoils of a whopping 24 Stanley Cups.

You can’t win all of those cups without some serious star power. Carey Price, Patrick Roy, Sergei Gonchar, Maurice “Rocket” Richard, Ken Dryden, Guy Lafleur … I could seriously go on for days. The NHL — and the sport of hockey — wouldn’t be the same without this beloved hockey city.

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History be damned, Toronto, Ontario is the undisputed center of the hockey universe. At least, that’s what Torontonians often claim. The club was founded in 1917 and, along with Montreal, New York, Boston, and Detroit, the Leafs blazed a trail for the league’s sustained success.

Toronto may not be the oldest franchise and it may not have as many cups, but you could argue it’s the most successful Canadian team. At least, where dollars are considered. The Toronto Maple Leafs franchise boasts an estimated value of U.S. $1.45 billion, making it the most valuable Canadian team and the second most valuable team in the league.

Toronto is also home to the largest youth ice hockey organization in the entire world, The Greater Toronto Hockey League, which consists of 2,800 teams made up of over 40,000 players. Their NHL alum counter is off the charts, too.

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Edmonton, the capital city of Alberta, may not be as big as Toronto and may not enjoy the history of Montreal, but it’s contributions to professional hockey cannot be understated.

For starters, the city is home to the Oilers, one of the most important franchises to ever take to the ice. The team was founded in 1972, but it was the dynasty years between 1983 and 1990 that took the sport to new heights. The team would win five championships over that span, with “The Great One” Wayne Gretzky leading the charge.

Edmonton birthed many all-star hockey players, too. Including Mark Messier, Jarome Iginla, Scott Niedermayer, and current Montreal Canadian Brendan Gallagher just to name a few.

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Mini Guide to Russia

Russia is the largest country in the world and has a population of nearly 150 million, though around 77 percent live in the western part of the country. It’s best known for being the first constitutionally socialist state and its role in World War II and the ensuing Cold War. The country has also many technological accomplishments, including sending the first human to space. Nowadays, it’s the world’s 12th largest economy by GDP, the biggest producers of natural gas and oil, and also a permanent member of the UN Council.

Most Interesting Small Towns to Visit in the United States

If you’re used to living in a city or a big suburb, it can be hard to picture what life is like outside of all the hustle and bustle. In fact, U.S. cities house 62.7 percent of the population (as of 2015), but take up just 3.5 percent of the land area — and those numbers continue to grow as more people move into cities every day. If you need to get away for a bit, check out some of these incredible American towns. They may be small, but they’ve all got their own unique attributes that make them popular vacation destinations.

Most Interesting International Fast Food Chains We Wish Would Come to the USA

To connoisseurs of fast food, visits abroad bring the opportunity to see how the rest of the world eats on the go. Although we have our own fast-food chains at home — many which have spread around the world — the most exciting chains around today are regional chains, which use local ingredients flavored to perfectly suit the local’s palate. To get a taste at what’s out there, here are some amazing international fast food chains we wish would come to the United States.