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Franchise Faceoff

If you 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 TSN.ca and the results will be revealed on the next episode of That's Hockey before the next match.

For an added element of surprise, 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!

Anze Kopitar

Centre - Los Angeles Kings

Ryan Getzlaf

Centre - Anaheim Ducks


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Which of these two dominant centres gets your "California Love" and would be your choice to build a franchise around?

Anze Kopitar has single-handedly put Slovenia on the hockey map. The highest-ever draftee from his nation, the two-way pivot lead his nation to the Sochi Games and even helped lead them through a qualification playoff before bowing out to the eventual silver medalists from Sweden. On North American shores, Kopitar has a pair of Cup rings to his credit and just finished second in Selke Trophy voting.

Ryan Getzlaf is the man for you if you like tough, skilled hockey. Getzlaf was a driving force behind the Ducks' finish atop the physical Pacific Division in 2013-14. He finished second in Hart Trophy voting to Sidney Crosby, netting 87 points in 77 games. Getzlaf has also done his country proud, winning a pair of Olympic golds, at the 2010 Vancouver Games and 2014 Sochi Games. He also has a Cup ring to his credit, winning in 2007.




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