Franchise Faceoff

If you had were starting an NHL franchise of your own, who is the one player you would select as your cornerstone?

Would it be a top-notch goal scorer or a two-way forward? Would you opt for pure skill or is leadership ability more important?

That's Hockey has selected 31 options for your consideration this summer. They are matched up in a head-to-head single elimination bracket style tournament and it's up to you to crown the champ.

On That's Hockey, we'll roll out the day's match-up and our two panellists will debate and make the case for the player they would select. You can then cast your vote on and the results will be revealed on the next episode of That's Hockey before the next match.

For an added element of surprise, as the TSN Quizmaster is watching and can veto your final vote - once in Round 1, once and Round 2 and a single Round 3 challenge which would trigger a re-vote.

Keep the debate going and join the conversation on #TSN on Twitter and follow the TSN Quizmaster at @TSNQuizmaster!

Patrick Kane

Right Wing - Chicago Blackhawks

Evgeni Malkin

Centre - Pittsburgh Penguins

The Latest Showdown

Two players with Championship pedigree and heaps of hardware go head-to-head. Who do you take: Patrick Kane or Evgeni Malkin?

Kane has made a name for himself as the guy who scores big goals. That label likely began with the Cup-clinching goal in 2010 that only Kane saw go in (and a puck that no one has seen since). But it didn't end there. He was huge in securing the Blackhawks a second title in four seasons in 2013, this time capping a hat trick in double-OT to send the Hawks to the Cup Final and working towards Conn Smythe honours along the way.

Not yet 30, Evgeni Malkin has very few holes on his professional resume. Winner of the Calder, Art Ross, Hart and Conn Smythe trophies, a Stanley Cup and a Ted Lindsay Award, the big Russian pivot continues to be the co-franchise cornerstone of a Penguins team that has won three division titles and been to two Stanley Cup Finals over the past seven seasons. Malkin was hand-selected by the Quizmaster veto into Round 2 after losing to Jamie Benn by less than one per cent.

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