Hometown Team

Back in the day, say 50 years ago… NHL teams where built on local products. All the French players played for Montreal and all the GTA boys played for Toronto. Me and my Montreal friend are bored at work and decided to built a homegrown only team to play heads up against each other. The criterias are the player has to be HOMEGROWN or live less then a hour’s worth from downtown.

So Toronto had the GTA (excluding KW, London, Barrie, Peterborough, Hamilton to make it fair). And Montreal has the island and both north and south shores. Here are our rosters:

Nash, Spezza, Cammalleri
Boyes, Tavares, Stamkos
Cogliano, Bailey, Neal
Carcillo, Clarkson, Avery
extras: Hodgson, Downie, Stajan

Daley, Burns
Campoli, Pietrangelo
Ranger, Giordano
extras:Foote, Eminger

Steve Mason
Manny Fernandez

I went with a very young team full of star power. They have 3 scoring lines and a 4th line that nobody would want to play against. Their strength is clearly the offence since the defence looks average. Up and coming Steve Mason is my goaltender of choice.

Now his picks…

St. Louis, Lecavalier, Ribeiro
Pominville, Dumont, Latendresse
Lapierre, Burrows, Talbot
Laraques, Lombardi, Dupuis
extras: Perrin, Laperriere, Guite

Vlasic, Gervais
Brisebois, Letang
Gauthier, Jacques
extras: Gragnani


The Montreal team has an amasing first line that most teams would envy. Now threwout the NHL french canadians are known as players who arent as tough as the rest. I myself being a french canadian know that not to be true but just look at the rest of the forward corps. They arent nessesarily super skilled but would make for one heck of a checking and cycling team with PLENTY of sandpaper. Their defence is about the same as the Toronto team but what they really dominate in is of course goaltending with the 2 best goalies in the league.

In the end I believe that Toronto has the slight edge with all that star power playing offence for the Leafs. Although I think it would be a close match. The Leafs would end up finding holes in the goaltending and skate circles around the Montreal defence IMO.

Upon hearing what we were doing my Ottawa friend wanted in…I gave him the Quebec side of the river as well to be fair…needless to say most of the players are french lol.

Briere, Roy, Giroux
Brassard, Brind’Amour, T.White
D. Armstrong, Yelle, B.Pouliot
Eager, T.Smith, M. St.Pierre

Boyle, Picard
Murphy, O’Donnell
Richardson, B.Bell
extra: Methot

Goalie…couldnt find any.

Needless to say this team is NOT deep at all but they still can muster a very decent first 2 lines and top defence pairing. Safe to say Toronto and Montreal would dominate this team since they are shooting at an open net hahaha.

So that was fun…What I would like of YOU guys is give me YOUR hometown team. I wanna hear from you boys out west and even you American fans. Now I know the American teams wont be as deep but I would be curious to see what a NY team would look like or a Minnesota state team.

Under this system the landscape of the NHL changes drastically. Id say the hometown teams wouldnt dominate because the southern teams like Florida would have access to drafting all European teams and rural Canadian players because lets face it.. whens the last time Florida or Texas (exception Bryan Leetch) came out with a decent NHLer.

Wouldnt it be cool to have a summer tournament under these rules instead of the World Championship?? I think so.. 😛

44 Responses to Hometown Team

  1. habswinthecup-again says:

     Do P. Bergeron, F. Beauchemin, D. Brierre, and S. Gagne not count just to name a few? I am not from Montreal so nobody please give me shit for not knowing.

  2. lafleur10 says:

    don't forget letang,tanguay,m.a. fleury p.m. bouchard

  3. mojo19 says:

    Damn good teams. You should make a "rest of Ontario team" as the 4th team, I bet you could make a whole other scary team.

    I like the Oakville boys Tavares and Mason, potentially two huge NHL building blocks for years to come.

  4. JannettyTheRocker says:

    Edmonton, AB & Surrounding Areas

    Okay, my "team" is going to be from central & northern Alberta. Since our population is so much smaller than the likes of TO and MTL, I figured what the heck. Anyways, here we go :

    Ryan Smyth – Daymond Langkow – Jarome Iginla
    Fernando Pisani – Brian Little – Shane Doan
    Joffrey Lupul – Scottie Upshall – Ray Whitney
    Mike Comrie – Blair Betts – Jason Chimera
    Alternates : Kyle Brodziak, Vernon Fiddler, Trent Hunter

    Dion Phaneuf – Scott Niedermeyer
    Sheldon Souray – Jay Bouwmeester
    Derek Morris – Daryl Sydor
    Alternates : Mike Commodore, Brad Stuart

    Chris Osgood
    Chris Mason
    ***Alternate : Alex Auld

    Sorry if I missed anybody.

  5. cam7777 says:


    Travis Zajac – Jonathan Toews – Eric Fehr
    Dustin Penner – Darren Helm – Jordin Tootoo
    Alexander Steen – Dustin Boyd – Nigel Dawes
    Colton Orr

    Cam Barker – Duncan Keith
    Ian White – Garnet Exelby
    Derek Meech

    And we could pull Ed Belfour out of retirement to mind the pipes.  Him, Turk Broda, Terry Sawchuk, or Trevor Kidd.

  6. KingCanada says:

    Haha nah we cant put every Quebequer on the team.  None of those players are from the Montreal area.  Beauchemin almost made the cut being from Sorel… but if I cant have Guelph or Hamilton, he couldnt pick from Sorel lol.

    A team Ontario vs a team Quebec might be interesting but I dont want to get into it because I dont think it would be very fair for Quebec in all honesty.

  7. KingCanada says:

    Thats actually an amasing Defence wow.  Most good canadian defencemen are from out west anyways.  Im surprised at the offence too, not too many stars but very deep regardless.

  8. KingCanada says:

    For a small town, that defence is pretty much on par with the other teams, except Edmonton of course, their filthy rich on defence.

  9. mojo19 says:

    not bad at all. Don't forget to check my updated blog with all the players who are now on the trade block http://www.nhlkvasni.blogspot.com

  10. Habsnumberone says:

    My team started out as a Nova Scotia team but by the end I had to get players from all Atlantic provinces (NS,PEI,NB, NLFD). I didn't want to take anyone that is not playing now but I had to just to fill out the roster. This team is not very good mainly of the lack of depth on D and between the pipes.  Its not too bad for a total population of 2.3 million I guess. 

    Province break down: Nova Scotia 9 players , Newfoundland 6 players, Prince Edward Island 4 players, and New Brunswick 2 players


    Glen Murray (ns) – Sidney Crosby (ns) – Michael Ryder (nfld)
    Dan Cleary (nfld)- Brad Richards (pei) – Ryane Clowe (nfld)
    Jon Sim (ns) – James Sheppard (ns) – Teddy Purcell (nfld)
    Eric Boulton (ns) – Steve Ott (pei)- Jason King (nfld)


    Colin White(ns) – Arron Johnston(ns)
    Randy Jones (nb) – Nathan McIver (pei)
    Al MacInnis (ns) – Don Sweeney (nb)


    Joey MacDonald (ns)
    Drew MacIntyre (pei)
    Dan Lacosta (nfld)

  11. muckies says:

    Nice work,.
    Freddy Braithwaite could play nets for the Ottawa team, he's a pretty decent goalie in the KHL I think? And Rod Brind Amour is from Campbell River BC isnt he? Also if Manny Fernandez retires the Leaves should look at Emery for their team, the all time teams in these categories would be amazing

  12. habswinthecup-again says:

     Team Saskatchewan:

    C. Armstrong-R. Getzlaf-B. Morrow
    B. Comeau-J. Stoll-C. Kunitz
    S. Hartnell-B. Laich-R. Bayda
    D. Boogard-C. Glencross-T. Moen
    extras-M.Sillinger, J.Williams, D. Hordichuk

    B. Clark-C. Sarich
    R. Parent-W. Redden
    N. Schultz-B. Witt
    extras-N. Paetsch

    C. Ward
    J. Harding

  13. Milohabs says:

    Here is my "Team Quebec"

    Tanguay      Lecavalier      St Louis
    Briere          Ribeiro          Gagne
    Vermette     Dumont         P. Bergeron
    Laraques     Lapierre         Brashier

              Vlasic          Beauchemin
              Letang        M.A. Bergeron
              Robidas      Boucher


  14. SuperStastny says:

    Team B.C.

    Horcoff – Sakic – Recchi
    Kariya – Turris – Lucic
    Ladd – R. Niedermeyer – B. Morrison
    Voros – Kobasew – A. Ebbett
    (extras: B. McLean, Brouwer)

    S. Weber – Seabrook
    Hamhuis – Brewer
    Lukowich – Hannan
    (extras: Montador, Klemm)

    C. Price
    J. LaBarbera
    D. LeNeveu

  15. KingCanada says:

    Offence is a decent NHL team but your defence could of definatly used the late Luc Bourdon (NB)..RIP.  He would of been ur best defenceman too.

  16. KingCanada says:

    No Scott Neidermeyer? 😛

  17. KingCanada says:

    Thanks bro for finding me a Ottawa goalie hehe, I knew there was one somewere.  Regarding Brindamour…nhl.com says his birthplace was Ottawa..so maybe he has a off season home in BC or something I dont know.  Maybe he moved at a younger age as well who know.  Kind of like how Bryan McCabe was born in St Catherines but played in the WHL in his teens.

  18. KingCanada says:

    Very decent lineup but you forgot LUKE SCHENN!! haha

  19. habswinthecup-again says:

     Thats right, I guess the site I got all players from hasn't been updated for a while and no 1st year players were on there. Schenn would for sure make the lineup tho.

  20. habswinthecup-again says:

     You are short a D, how about Bryce Salvador?

  21. habswinthecup-again says:

     Scott was born in Edmonton, not in B.C

  22. habswinthecup-again says:

     What about Paul Stastny? or Bernier? or Brassard? or Gauthier? hell Quebec and Ontario could easily ice 2 very good teams.

  23. cam7777 says:

    is 800 000 considered a small town to you big city folk?

  24. KingCanada says:

    OK here is a team with players that were left out of the GTA and Ottawa team.  So consider this the rest of Ontario team…its remarkably very deep!

    Perry, Thornton, Bertuzzi
    J Carter, E.Staal, J.Staal
    Gagner, Arnott, Horton
    Neil, Fisher, Cheechoo

    Pronger, B.Campbell
    Doughty, Bieksa
    Jovanovski, M.Staal


    This team is the deepest and most complete of all, all star 4 lines as well as near invincible defence from 1-6.  And then if you muster a shot on net you have Marty Turco guarding the pipes.  I think this team would take out the GTA team hands down.

    Im betting that a team Ontario (this team + team GTA combined) vs the rest of Canada team would be a very interesting game and near even match!

  25. KingCanada says:

    Yes, yes it is. 😛

    I live in Mississauga and its a suburb of Toronto.  Its actually the same size as Winnipeg, roughly 800k.

    Altho in all fairness I should of called it a small CITY hehe, its not a town.

  26. cam7777 says:

    Hey mojo, I'm going to reply to both your free agent blog, and your dream leafs summer blog here.

    I think the fact that Wilson is running around telling everyone Thornton is off the table is a big indicator that he is on the table.  I just can't see anyone giving up a significant enough package to land Patrick Marleau.  The Sharks are not going to land an impact player in return for him, and no one is going to give them non-salary deals (picks and prospects) for a 6.3 million dollar player.  Also, I think the fact he only has 1 year left really hinders his value.  He seems like he'll test the UFA waters to me.  Same goes for Michalek and Cheechoo.  By all means, move them, but how does that significantly effect the roster?  It doesn't

    Moving Big Joe is the only way that they can really change the chemistry of the team and get the kind of return they need.  Like I've said before though, I don't see them trading him for anything less than a player of similar age and caliber (Spezza, Lecavalier, Kopitar, etc…).

    If Kessel is on the table than a lot of obscure market teams are going to take a shot at him, and maybe even the Montreal Canadiens.  If team's like the Panthers or Thrashers could land a guy like Kessel without doing too much damage to their organization, it might help them land some decent free agents this summer, and actually get started down the right path.  My prediction is that he goes somewhere obscure an unexpected if he goes anywhere.

    I think I'm starting to believe Vinny when he says that doesn't think he'll be traded.  He seems pretty confident that the media has made this their obsession, and he sounds convinced that it's all a bunch of rubbish.  Of course, it all depends on the draft.  If they end up with Tavares/Duchene, than they basically have to decide if it's more advantageous to trade Lecavalier and his contract, or Tavares.

    If Giguere moves, he's going to Colorado in exchange for Ryan Smyth.  Smyth would be perfect on the 2nd line with the ducks, and has good chemistry with Teemu Selanne. 

    Sturm is anyone's guess.  It seems to me that he'll want to go to a good team if he's going to move his NTC.  St.Louis might be a nice option for him, or even Anaheim if they fail to move Giguere for 2nd line help.    Tough to say what will happen with these tough-to-move contracts.

    The speculation with Horton is that he's not happy playing for Florida, and would rather play in a hockey market.  I could see Burke inquiring about him.  He's been an underachiever with the Cats, but under Wilson and Burke, he could become the Corey Perry of the Toronto Maple Leafs.  He certainly fits the bill as far as his physical specimen is concerned.

    I can't see Frolov being moved unless it's part of a major package.  They won't just throw this guy away like they did with O'Sullivan.  Unless Lecavalier ends up in Hollywood, than Frolov stays put.

    You say Bouchard should command a hefty price, but I wonder why?  This is a guy who has excelled under Lemaire's system, and still has never achieved anything substantial.  He's fast, but he's small, and as of now, overpaid.  Someone on one of the other articles suggested Atlanta, and I could see that going down.  He might fill a role nicely in Ottawa too. 

    Gomez isn't going anywhere.

    I think there are options for moving Briere.  There are some teams that can afford to take on an overpiced 2nd line center.  The Av's could send the Flyer's some of the player's they have no need for next year (Tucker, Clark, Salei).  It doesn't directly save the Flyer's cap space, but these players could be sent to the minors, or bought out at reasonable rates.  Briere for Marleau is another option.  Marleau might except a move to a team on the up and up like Ottawa, and Briere would replace his offense competently, but also provide the heart required for the playoffs.

    Harding could go pretty much anywhere.

    Eager will be resigned.

    The Rangers should see if the Caps would consider taking Redden if they Rangers took a handfull of their bad contracts (Nylander, Pothier, Theodore).  Someone once pointed out to me that Redden plays to the level of his team.  Well, that could only be good news for Team Ovechkin.

    I don't want to think about Kaberle.  If he goes it better be for a lot.  If I have to defend myself against all the Leaf haters on this site again, it will be miserable.  Please Burke, for the love of God, just land us a big time player with Kaberle.

    Boogaard is useless.  I like my gronks to be able to play hockey thank you very much.  Still, he will probably be in a Leafs uniform somehow.

    Frantisek Kaberle? i suppose he'll get waived again, and picked up by the team that trade for Tomas Kaberle.

    Cleary stays in Detroit, Holmstrom retires, Draper is bought out, and Maltby stays.  Brad Stuart is on the move though.

    Fisher to the Flyers for Daniel Briere.  Or Fisher to the Sharks for Marleau.  He could go anywhere a 3rd line center is needed.  He's overpaid badly, which limits the options significantly.

  27. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Stastny is American?

  28. TheLeafNation91 says:

    A team Ontario would be scary

  29. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Yup…He's American

  30. Tavares-Stamkos14 says:

    I like the idea the guy a couple above said about Rest of Ontario and GTA together so heres my teams of that:
    1.Rick Nash-Joe Thornton-Jason Spezza
    2.Jeff Carter-Eric Staal-Corey Perry
    3.Sam Gagner-John Tavares-Steven Stamkos
    4.Dan Carcillo-Jordan Staal-Sean Avery

    The 1st 2 lines are jus dominant. The 3rd line is a young guns line with having a 20 year old and 2 19 year olds(tavares will be 19 after this next season starts) and the 4th line just punishes with Jordan Staals defensive game and the punishment Avery and Carcillo give.

    1.Chris Pronger-Brent Burns
    2.Drew Doughty-Brian Campbell
    3.Kevin Bieksa-Marc Staal

    Just dominant thats all I can say.

    1.Steve Mason
    2.Marty Turco

    Young stud and older dog that still has it.

  31. cam7777 says:

    most people will say I'm crazy, but I think the Lecavalier trade is a little lob-sided.  I don't think we need to throw DiDomenico in there.  Lecavalier hasn't done much lately, and I think his priorities are a little out of whack.  overall though, it's pretty fair.  i'm just not sure he's the guy i'd want for a package like that.  i'd prefer stamkos.

    i don't doubt the value being fair in the thornton trade, but i just don't think thornton is available for that package.  as i said above, it will take a player of similar caliber to pry thornton from the sharks.  if that was the offer, i suspect they'd rather resign boyle (who is open to a return), and look to land a ponikarovsky type player by moving michalek or marleau.

    the anaheim trade is a definite possibility.  again though, i've already thrown my hat into the ring on that one and said that the ducks will move giguere to the avalanche for smyth (even salaries).  The deal would probably have to be expanded to make sense, ie. Giguere/Mikkelson to COL for Smyth/Budaj.  such a trade would eliminate the need for toronto on either front.  also, blake is better suited to the eastern conference if you ask me.  he will attract more interest on this half of the continent.  still, it's a perfectly logical trade, and if burke wants it done, it could happen.

    obviously the fantasy part is where sundin signs for less than a million dollars.  he will cost at least 4 million to bring back for an entire season, even if it is just for his swan song.  you also overpaid for may and gustavsson.  no way gustavsson gets two million or more.  hiller only got 1.3, so i expect gustavsson will be much the same. 

  32. habswinthecup-again says:

     Maybe, but he was born in Quebec City, so he qualifies.

  33. habswinthecup-again says:

     He actually has dual citizenship, he was born in Canada but plays for the USA in International games.

  34. mojo19 says:

    – I like Horton too
    -The Kings didn't throw away O'Sullivan, they got Justin Williams back who is an awesome player….. when he's healthy.
    -Bouchard is kind of small and overpaid, I guess you're right. But he's got a lot of skill as well.
    – Harding would be sweet as a Leaf. Most recently I read they would want a 2nd line forward for him. Ponikarovski?
    – Don't be so sure with Ben Eager, but you are probably right.
    – Remember the Leafs only game vs. Minnesota this year what an impact Boogaard had on that game. Everyone was scared of him, the only guy who even leaned on him a little was Frogren, but when Boogaard barked, Frogren backed off. I love the Boogie man.
    – The Kaberle brothers together has been talked about often but never happened.
    -Kris Draper bought out!? No way. They'll talk to him, even though he doesn't have a NTC, they'll treat him like he does and ask him where he wouldn't mind playing. He'll go be a mentor somewhere, and finish off his contract (2 years left). He's not overpaid at $1.5 million he's affordable and think of what you're getting. I wouldn't mind the Leafs grabbing him and puttin the 'C' on his jersey for the next two years while Schenn is being prep'd.
    -good Fisher trades. Salary for Salary move, but San Jose should get more back for Marleau, he's coming off a good year.

  35. mojo19 says:

    Boyle is locked up long term, you probably meant Blake. But I think they'd want all three (Boyle, Kubina, Blake) even though that would mean that their top 3 D-men are all righty's.

    Gustavsson will get somewhere between 1-2 mil, but I just did a worst case scenario to make sure I could fit it all. Besides with Colorado offering him a chance to be a more of a starter that could be fair.

    This was just a fun thing, its all far fetched, although I believe each trade is fair value. You're probably right there could be better offers out there for Giguere and deals that make more sense for Thornton, but this was all I had to work with so, you know.

  36. cam7777 says:

    yea, I know.

    I think I'm on the Tavares-landing bandwagon as far as the Leafs are concerned.  I've decided I will only be satisfied if Burke lands us Tavares and Schenn.  Ha.

    And yea, I meant Blake, not Boyle.  Oops.  Do they really need that many power-houses on the back end though?  They still have Erhoff, Vlasic and Murray too….

  37. TheLeafNation91 says:

    But since he has chosen USA and played games for them, he would not qualify

  38. mojo19 says:

    That would be sick defense. And I think if Blake does come back at age 39 he'd be better suited as the #3 guy. Adding Kubina wouldn't be a bad thing at all.

    It would remind me of Calgary's beefy defense with Regeir, Phaneuf, Sarich, Aucoin, Vandermeer

  39. mojo19 says:

    American team for Olympics:

    Parise – Kessel – Kane
    B.Ryan – Gomez – Langenbrunner "A"
    Booth – Kessler – Pavelski
    D.Backes – Tkachuck "C" – D.Brown

    X – J.Blake, E.Cole

    Rafalski – Liles
    R.Suter – Whitney
    P.Martin – Orpik

    X – Corvo


  40. lafleur10 says:

    btw this was different thanks for doing this

  41. RealisticNick says:

    Brockville – 24,000 (Actually Slightly Less) & Surrounding Area(Cardinal, Smiths Falls…everywhere you have never heard of, its an hour south of Ottawa).

    Herb Foster – Alyn McCauley – Rusty Crawford
    Gary McAdam – Don Mckenny – Mike Casselman

    Todd Gill – Randy Ladoucer
    Terry Carkner – Noel Price
    Mike McMahon – Hank Lammens

    Cully Simon, Brian Chapman, Thain Simon,

    Rob Dopson

    Ya I had to go classic for the most part.

  42. KingCanada says:

    Hey no problem, it was alot of fun and enjoyed it!

  43. KingCanada says:

    Nice work bud!

  44. RealisticNick says:

    I may be wrong as it was back in 94' ish (I would have been 9).  Didn't they have some sort of event where there were teams from different provinces?  I remember Roy batting a puck into the stands after a game, and I think I had Gilmour on a poster with an NHLPA jersey on from that as well.

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