Any good hockey fan can appreciate a game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens — even if you’re not cheering for one of them to win, you probably want one of them to lose. Since first coming face-to-face on December 26, 1917 at the long-since demolished Arena Gardens in Toronto, the two hockey clubs have managed to develop the most famous on-ice rivalry in NHL history.
You could spend hours — or decades, bless — arguing about which is the superior hockey team, but let’s take our differences off the ice for a minute to address a more pressing subject: The machines that the Leafs and Canadiens drive, and we’re not talking about the Zambonis.
We’re not here to pick sides, so you be the judge. Do the Leafs or the Habs players have better taste in cars?
Leafs: Mitch Marner — Chevrolet Corvette
There’s not a whole lot of information readily available online about 21-year-old Mitch Marner’s cars — he’s pretty young to have established any kind of meaningful car collection yet — but the right-winger did partner with Chevy for a sponsored post on Instagram this summer. In it, he gets defeated in a game of indoor mini-hockey and then leaves in a Corvette. Sounds like real life.
Here’s another ad Marner did with Chevy and Alexa:
Even though he’s getting paid by Chevrolet to promote the brand, Marner has said that the first thing he bought with his inaugural NHL pay cheque was a car for his mom. Talk about a proud parent moment.
Canadiens: Carey Price — Ford F-150
Would you peg the Habs goalie as a pickup driver? Price, raised in northern B.C. and raking in $7 million per year, still loves his Ford F-150. Ford even made him a custom version and released 100 of them to the public. After all, you can take the boy out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the boy. A few years back, CBC’s Peter Mansbridge interviewed the now 31-year-old where he confessed his love for the versatile truck.
Leafs: William Nylander — Volvo XC40
William Nylander, the Calgary-born, Swedish-raised right-winger for the Leafs, was the very first person in Canada to receive a set of keys for a 2019 Volvo XC40. Not a bad ride to take you to and from practice, eh Nylander?
Canadiens: Tomas Tatar — Maserati Quattroporte
Leafs: Nazem Kadri — 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (his dad, anyway)
Twenty-eight-year-old Nazem Kadri has always dreamed of owning a ‘Vette, but he hasn’t made that a reality just yet. Instead, the centre-man borrows his dad’s 1967 Stingray… when he lets him, of course. Thanks Dad.
Canadiens: Andrew Shaw — GMC Sierra Denali
Carey Price isn’t the only Habs player with an appreciation for trucks. Teammate Andrew Shaw, a right-winger, also drives a pickup when he’s on home turf. His wife just gave birth to their first baby, so chances are there’s a child seat now in the back of — what looks to be — his GMC Sierra Denali.
Leafs: Patrick Marleau — Honda Odyssey
Patrick Marleau is on track to build his very own hockey team — he just needs a couple more playe… err, kids. It makes sense, then, that the father of four requires a vehicle large enough to transport his brood. His pick? A Honda Odyssey, which was revealed by his wife on Twitter. It’s not the sexiest ride out there, but it’s got a DVD player, which equals endless kilometres of silence in the back seats. It’s not his only ride though, as we believe that the vehicle in which Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews tag along and start a dance party to YMCA was a Mercedes-Benz GLS.
Canadiens: Jonathan Drouin — Ford Mustang
When he was playing with the Lightning in 2015, Drouin told The Hockey News that he drove a black Mustang. Is that the kind of car you keep when you’re traded from Tampa to Montreal? Maybe not. But it was probably time for an upgrade anyhow.
Leafs: Jake Gardiner, Morgan Rielly and James van Riemsdyk
If the lineup is intentional, then van Riemsdyk (granted, he’s moved on to Philly, now) pilots that Porsche Cayenne, Rielly the BMW X5, and Gardiner the Audi S4, all of which have plenty of horsepower to get to the rink quickly and all-wheel drive so they never get stuck in a snowstorm. Smart boys.
Leafs: John Tavares — Mercedes-Benz GLE 450
Looks like Gardiner and Rielly tipped off their new teammate John Tavares to the benefits of being a Leaf, putting him in touch with the Pfaff dealership group, who set him up with a Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 coupe.
Leafs: Frederik Andersen — Jeep Wrangler
Driving a Jeep says lot about a someone’s personality, and Maple Leaf’s goalie Frederik Andersen’s might not own this blacked-out, off-road-ready rig, but he liked it enough to let the world know how much he loved driving it. Hopefully he got it properly dirty somewhere to truly appreciate what Jeeps can do off-road.
Canadiens: Brendan Gallagher — Ford Escape
In 2014, Brendan Gallagher told The Hockey News that he drives a black Ford Escape. Practical. But a few years later when asked what vehicle he’d take on a cross-country road trip, he said he wanted something with more room, like an Escalade.
Leafs: Auston Matthews, Frederik Andersen — Porsche 911
This is what team building looks like in the off season. Matthews, Andersen and Marlies player Adam Brooks took some Porsches out on the track and had one helluva afternoon.
Matthews apparently liked what he drove and signed on as an ambassador for Porsche Centre Oakville, and we can’t help but wonder if he got to drive away in that 911 GT3 RS he poses with here.
Canadiens: Jordie Benn — ’56 Chevy Hot Rod
Up to this point, the Leafs had a bit of an edge, but we saved the best for last, and with this single vehicle, Jordie Benn wins it in overtime: Jordie Benn’s custom ’56 Chevy hot rod definitely has the most personality on this list. Look at this beast. If you want to look like a boss behind the wheel of a custom like this, a beard like Benn’s is a must.
While the Chevy hot rod attests to Benn’s car-guy credentials, he’s practical enough to realize he can’t drive that around Montreal year round, so Mercedes-Benz also ensures he has access to a more practical transportation for Montreal’s cold, snowy winters: A GLE, just like Tavares picked up recently.