Happy Canada Day! In honor of our northern friends, we have decided to compile a list of the 10 Greatest Canadians we can think of, at the moment. This list is, of course, fluid.
10. Chris Simon (Wawa Canada) – Chris has had some issues. His temper is a little “unpredictable” and he does need a little anger management counseling (remember Ryan Hollweg?) . On the other hand, don’t we all have the occasional “bad day at the office”? Chris Simon will always be on my list. He did a lot for the caps, and a lot for the game. And, his fights were really fun to watch!
9. Wayne Gretzky (Brantford, Ontario) – I hate to be a band-wagoner, and Gretzky (A.K.A. “the great one”) makes everyone’s list. However, I learned to LOVE Hockey in the 80’s, and Gretzky was a big part of Hockey in the 80’s. Welcome to my list, Wayne.
8. Elvis Stojko (New Market, Ontario) – I LOVED Elvis Stojko in the early 1990’s. He was a “Man’s Figure Skater” (isn’t that an Oxymoron?). And, he NEVER wore sparkles! Black Pants and a Tee Shirt! HOT!
7. Guy "The Flower" Lafleur (Thurso, Quebec, Canada) - Between 1974-1980 he had six straight seasons with 50 goals or more. During that stint Lafleur won a couple of Art Ross and Hart trophies along with four Stanley Cup championships.
6. Mike Green (Calgary) – I was not sure that Mike was going to make the list, BUT, he signed a 4-year contract with the Washington Capitals this morning, and he was GREAT FUN to watch in the playoffs! Welcome Mike.
5. Maurice "The Rocket" Richard (Ahuntsac, Montreal) - The first player to score 50 goals in 50 games is considered the greatest goal scorer in NHL history. Richard will always be known as the greatest Canadians player of all-time for his 544 goals and Eight Stanley Cup rings. HE was also inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame after being WAVED the customary 3-year waiting period.
4. Michael J. Fox – Again, I am a girl of the 1980’s. I loved Alex P. Keaton. Fox has also done a lot for the fight against Parkensons, and made the Pro-lifers look like dip-shits over stem cell research.
3. All three of the Hanson Brothers. The Movie NEVER gets old!
2. Bobby Orr (Parry Sound, Ontario) – When you were raised outside of Boston, Bobby Orr will make your list. Period.
1. Gertrude Rosin Lipschtutz (Toronto) – Gert was my Grandma and I miss her. She would have adored Bean and Bee! She will ALWAYS be #1 in my book.
And of course, with the good, comes the bad. Here are a few Canadians that we despise:
1) Glen Hanlon – no explanation needed.
2) Butch Cassidy – How can someone so adorable be so useless?
3) Sidney Crosby – Amanda told me to say that.
4) Celine Dion – She gives me nightmares