By Frank Giorno
Northern Ontario’s Colin Miller of the Las Vegas Golden Knights made his presence noticed in the opening game of the Stanley Club Finals 2018, by scoring the first goal in the Golden Knights 6-4 victory over the Washington Capitals, in the first game of the seven games series to determine the NHL champions.
If you are looking for a reason to cheer for the upstart “miracle” Las Vegas Golden Knights, look no further than defenceman No. 6 Colin Miller, from Sault Ste. Marie, the only Northern Ontario born player in the Stanley Cup Finals.
This All-America affair between Las Vegas and Washington will guarantee that no Canadian team has won the Stanley Cup since the Montreal Canadiens accomplished the feat in 1993. That is a quarter century ago – 25 years.
But despite having no Canadian team in the Stanley Cup, there are plenty of Canadians on both teams to cheer for and be proud.
The Las Vegas Golden Knights have 23 Canadian-born players on their roster, while the Washington Capitals have eight.
If you are looking to cheer for a team with the most Northern Ontario born players, the pickings are slim.
This year there is only one Northern Ontario player vying for Lord Stanley’s mug and that would be Colin Miller from Sault Ste. Marie playing for the Miracle Las Vegas Golden Knights, who are the first modern team to have made it all the way to the Stanley Cup finals in this its first year in the league.
Miller is a third year NHL defenceman having previously played two seasons for the Boston Bruins prior to Las Vegas claiming him in the expansion draft