Is Vs Canada Hockey? [Expert Review!]

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The debate rages on about whether Canada or the United States is the superior hockey nation.

VS Canada and Team USA have been battling for the gold medal for more than a century. The rivalry is so great that it even resulted in a World War II battle between the two countries. And it’s not just about on-ice performance – the fan base of each country is fiercely loyal to their team.

So what makes Canada better than the USA? Let’s take a quick look at the stats to determine if Canada really is the superior hockey nation.

Hockey Nation

It wouldn’t be an official list of facts about Canada if we didn’t start off with the most recognizable name in hockey. The team from the Great White North has won the most World Cups, with 14 victories. The next closest country is Russia, which has won eight titles.

Canadians certainly aren’t sitting still, as the country now has professional hockey leagues, featuring many former NHL players. That should make the country quite familiar with the sport.

While Team USA has also benefited from a surge in popularity since the 2018 Winter Olympics, they have only won four World Cups, compared to Canada’s 14 victories. Moreover, the fans that tune into an NHL game in North America overwhelmingly choose to watch the Boston Bruins play, as the city is known for producing some of the best hockey players of all time.

So, if you’re looking for a rivalry, you can’t go wrong with the Canada–USA hockey match-up. It’s one of the great sporting rivalries of all time. But for those of you who are just here for some intriguing stats, let’s take a look at some of Canada’s advantages.

Size

It wouldn’t be fair to say that Canada is superior because of their sheer size – after all, the country is extremely large and there are a lot of people living in it. But Canada certainly has the most to offer in this department, as not only do they boast some of the strongest (and fiercest) animals in the world, but they are also the third-largest country in the world after Russia and China. In the past, a lot of these animals were domesticated and were used for labor, helping the country to “man” the mines and factories of the late 1800s onwards. Today, Canadian athletes compete as individuals and are not restricted by the team they are on, as they can represent the country of their choice at the Olympics. With regards to population, Canada comes in at just under 35 million, which is slightly more than the USA (33.4 million). But with a lot more room to roam around, it might be a tighter competition between the two countries when it comes to area or land mass.

Location

Another vital factor when ranking a country is the location of its territory. While much of North America is found in the United States, the entire continent of Canada is found in Canada. Similarly, Greenland, the largest of the four Danish islands, is located in the North Atlantic Ocean, far from any of the countries on this list. So while the location of Canada is certainly helpful in the winter when it comes down to skiing and other winter sports, in the summer it is a blessing in disguise. The country takes its nickname, “the prettiest country in the world,” very seriously, and enjoys its temperate climate in the summer months. This allows for an abundance of beautiful lakes, rivers, and forests to frolic in, as well as for tourists to explore the location. There is definitely a trade-off between having a gorgeous view of the countryside and wanting to swoon during the day. But the convenience of having tourism be the main source of revenue more than makes up for it.

Geography

The terrain of a country is important to consider when assessing its strength. One of the reasons why Canada is considered to be a strong country is because almost all of it is covered by a thick layer of ice. The country’s territory is actually made up of two separate regions. The Northern part is covered by the thick ice sheet known as the “polar ice cap” or “polar bear winter” and the Southern part is covered by the “polar night ice cap.” The shape of the land mass is somewhat similar to that of a bear’s nose, giving the country its name. While this makes for an interesting trivia fact, it also means that Canada is a landlocked country. It doesn’t have an ocean nearby to give it some breathing room, as the United States or Russia have. This could potentially limit the amount of goods and services available to the country. Also, the climate of the area is severe, and without the support of the rest of the world, this would make it extremely difficult for the country to feed itself. This is one of the reasons why Canada has always been a very independent country, even before becoming one of the six original members of the United Nations in 1945.

History

If we’re going by history, Canada certainly has a leg up on the United States. It was once a part of the British Empire, and later became an independent country in 1867. This was largely thanks to the efforts of John A. Macdonald, the country’s first prime minister, who worked hard to reduce the number of Native Americans in the region. As a result of his efforts, the region was opened up to Western culture. This eventually led to the country becoming a force to be reckoned with on the international stage.

While Canada may have been previously affiliated with Great Britain, it certainly isn’t anymore. The last time the two countries were on good terms was back in 1783, when the Seven Nations’ Trade Agreement was put in place. This allowed for the trading of goods and services between the British colonies in North America. Canada was one of the original seven founding members of the agreement, along with Great Britain, the United States, France, Spain, Italy, and the Dutch Republic. Since then, diplomatic tensions have eased, and today, both countries co-operate on a number of international stages, from hosting the Winter Olympics to warning each other about territorial incursions.

Economy

Just like any other country, the economy of Canada is reliant on a number of factors. As a result of the country’s extreme population density, there is a huge demand for food and other products, like timber and coal. While much of Canada is covered by forest, much of it is also used to mine for the valuable mineral lucyite, named after the Canadian mineralogist Lucien Albert Bourassa. This mineral is found in abundance in the Northern part of the country, and has made it the third-largest producer of the element on the globe. Its economy is thus highly dependent on its oil and gas resources, as well as its timber and food production.

As for the United States, the economy of the country is largely based on the manufacture of machinery and automobile parts, as well as the chemical industry. Moreover, the agricultural industry in the region is also worth noting, as it provides many jobs for people living in the country. While Canada is the fourth-largest country in terms of land mass, it is the third-largest in terms of population, with the next largest country, Russia, having a population of almost 144 million. This is largely thanks to immigration, as the country is open to people from all over the world.

Culture

When it comes to culture, Canada definitely has a leg up on the United States. The former is home to many iconic Canadian landmarks, like the Hollywood Theatre and Maple Leaf Park. The country is also well-known for its arts and humanities scene, as well as its highly skilled, bilingual population. Moreover, Canada has one of the largest LGBTQ+ communities in the world. The United States is home to the largest one as well, but they certainly don’t have anything close to the panoply of queer artists, writers, and musicians that Canada does. As for the Americans, they are certainly no slouch when it comes to culture either. The country is home to a number of famous landmarks, including the The Jefferson Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Smithsonian Institution.

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