When it comes to Canada, it’s fair to say they’re not the first name that comes to mind when you think of sporting prowess. However, to say that they’ve shied away from some big sporting occasions as a result would be wrong. Here are some of the nation’s greatest events in recent history.
The first thing that springs to mind when you think of grand occasions is the Olympics, one of the world’s most important and recognizable quadrennial events. Canada has played host to both the Summer and Winter variants of the Games, with the Summer in Montreal in 1976 and the Winter editions in both Calgary and Vancouver, in 1988 and 2010 respectively. The most notable of those in popular culture is arguably the 1988 Winter Olympics, which saw both the heroic failure of British skier Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards and also the Winter Olympics debut for the Jamaican bobsleigh team. This was of course immortalized in movie form with the Disney classic, Cool Runnings, from 1993.
When it comes to sport, one that the Canadians are currently involved with on the world’s stage is Formula One. This is thanks to driver Lance Stroll, who currently plies his trade for Racing Point, alongside Mexican Sergio Perez. More notably however is the fact that Canada has given the world just one World Title winning driver in the form of Jacques Villeneuve who won back in 1997 whilst driving for Rothmans William-Renault alongside the German Heinz-Harald Frentzen. Interestingly, the racing heritage runs in the Villeneuve family as Jacques’ father, Gilles, was also involved with Formula One, driving for Ferrari and McLaren from 1977 until his untimely death in 1982. Montreal also plays host to the nation’s Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve which features the infamous Wall Of Champions chicane.
Perhaps the country’s best-known contribution to the sporting world is the Stanley Cup for ice hockey, first awarded to the Montreal Hockey Club way back in 1893. With ice hockey being the national sport of Canada, it’s only right to assume that they’ve had some noteworthy successes, and therefore it should come as no surprise that it’s a Canadian team, namely the Montreal Canadiens, who’ve won the most Stanley Cups. The Canadiens are also the longest continuously operated professional ice hockey team worldwide, and also the only NHL club to predate the actual founding of the League.
With such a prevalent following of a lot of different sports in Canada, there’s certainly a big opportunity to get involved with betting on local teams. Sites such as this one offer bonuses and free bets available at a wide selection of providers. As the start of the NHL season isn’t for a while yet, there’s really only the MLS to bet on, and Toronto FC have made it into the Playoffs to try and win the MLS Cup. Some bookmakers are calling Toronto to be one of the frontrunners for this year’s Cup, alongside LAFC and the Columbus Crew.
Canada really does have a proud sporting heritage, whether it be in Formula One, ice hockey or soccer, and over the last few decades, there really have been some standout moments. Hopefully the next few will be filled with yet more glory and winning too.