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Olympic History Indicates Vancouver Canucks Should Win 2011 Stanley Cup

The Vancouver Canucks have won the President's Trophy as the NHL's best regular season team, but as many other clubs can tell you, that doesn't necessarily mean they'll win the Stanley Cup. History is on the side of the Canucks, however.

As Bob McKenzie of TSN pointed out Monday (via Nate Jones of ESPN), the last two times a Canadian city hosted the Olympic games, the NHL team from that city had a nice little parade the following year. Montreal hosted the Summer Games in 1976, and in 1977, they were the NHL's best regular season team. They also won the Stanley Cup.

In 1988, Calgary hosted the Winter Games, and in 1989, the Flames won the President's Trophy and the Stanley Cup. As you surely have picked up on by now, Vancouver hosted the 2010 Winter Games, and in 2011, the Canucks have won the President's Trophy.

All that's left is a Stanley Cup, right? The Canucks would be the first Canadian team since the 1993 Canadiens to win the Cup, should they complete the feat this season.