Canadian Sport Power Rankings
Let's face it, summer is the time of the year when the Canadian sports scene becomes a little dull. Sure the Raptors had the country glued to their screens in May, but with the Jays off a slow start, the CFL season not quite ready to kick off and tumbleweeds rolling through the rinks, you'll have to forgive us for reaching here a bit. On the plus side, the Leafs did land the first pick so maybe there's hope.
Canada’s Olympic Team: With the Summer Games taking over Rio this summer, Canada’s Olympians are gearing up for their best showing ever. With the return of previous top athletes such as Mark de Jonege and Brianne Thiessen-Eaton, Canada can expect strong performances in sports they’re typically good at. Not so typical will be the arrival of Olympic newcomers like 100 meter spring phenom Andre de Grasse, not to mention the ladies basketball team, who promise to use their time in Brazil to put the world on notice.
Toronto Raptors: It wasn’t always pretty but what can you say about a team that hoped to get out of the first round, yet managed to give the best team in the East a run for their money? Basketball fans across Canada banded together and watched on the edge of their seats as their team wouldn’t take no for an answer. Sure they were outmatched by some guy named the King but in reality, the rest of the league will no longer doubt the Raptors place amongst the league's elite.
Canada’s World Cup of Hockey Team: After the NHL announced their intentions to re-launch the World Cup of Hockey a few years ago, the event is finally now upon us and hockey fans across the country couldn’t be happier. Besides, what’s not to like about a team that features Sydney Crosby, Jonathan Toews and Carey Price? Just ask PK Subban...
London Knights: Usually we would never feature a Junior hockey team in our pages. There’s not much Power in the word Junior is there? What is powerful though is a team that hasn’t lost a game for nearly two months and capped their run with a championship, which is exactly what the OHL’s London Knights did this year, taking the Memorial Cup in an OT win over the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. Lead by tournament MVP, CHL Player of the Year and future Maple Leaf, these Knights had a historic run that they’ll definitely be savouring for some time in London.
Vancouver Whitecaps: While the Whitcaps aren’t having a bad season, it’s funny for them to think of what they could do once they put it all together. Sure they haven’t lost in 4 straight as of this writing but in reality, they’re still figuring it out. While their defense has been giving up more goals than they’d like, their offence has managed to make up for it. Just imagine what will happen once things actually start to click.
Edmonton Eskimos: The last time the Edmonton Eskimo’s won back-to-back Grey Cup’s, a guy named Warren Moon was the Quarterback and he didn’t stop at two, he went to five before the NFL realized he was in the wrong league. We’re not saying that these Eskimo’s are those ones but what we do know is that this team has the look of a repeat champion. With a stingy defence and head coach Jason Maas introducing a new, no huddle offence, expect the Esks to give the rest of the CFL fits throughout the summer.
Montreal Impact – It hasn’t been pretty for the Impact. Word at the beginning of the season that all-world, end-of-career import Didier Drogba was only going to play on grass this season didn’t help but while it’s been a chippy start to the season, as of press time the Impact sit in second place in the Eastern Conference and picking up steam with a big win over the Galaxy.
Montreal Canadiens: Carey Price will be back next year. That is all.
Toronto Maple Leafs – With a stroke of luck, the Toronto Maple Leafs just may have landed themselves back into relevance and, god forbid, they may even compete one day in our lifetime. By landing the first overall pick in the NHL Draft Lottery, the Buds earned the right to select the unanimous favourite for the years top spot, Austen Matthews. We’re not saying he’s the second coming of Sidney Crosby just yet but noting that the young American who passed on Junior Hockey and the NCAA to play with pro’s in Switzerland, all we can say is we actually like what we see happening in Toronto for the first time in a long time.
Toronto Wolfpack: …….no this isn’t a typo. Sure the Wolfpack haven’t started playing just yet in the English Rugby Football League just yet but the fact that they just may exist at all has many people taking notice, if not for the rugby than to see if it will actually work. As the first trans-Atlantic professional sports team in the world, the Wolfpack plan to take the field in the 2017 season and, start in the leagues lower division and make their way up. What has us most intrigued is how the league and team itself will deal with a schedule that puts a totally different meaning to the word road trip.