"Our basic plan of operation is to advance and to keep on advancing regardless of whether we have to go over, under, or through the enemy." - General George Patton, Speech to the Third Army
Patton's passionate words delivered on the June 5, 1944 (the eve of D-Day) were classic fire and brimstone. They served a powerful purpose, as they galvanized the troops before they embarked on one of the most pivotal operations of World War II.
The same spirit in which Patton addressed the troops nearly 70 years ago can also be harnessed by the teams who've participated in the most hated rivalries in the NHL.
Not only do these franchises have a genuine disdain for each other—the cities in which they operate are in many instances just a plane or bus ride away. Close enough to turn up the thermostat to the max. And close enough for the fans to feel the heat.
So what are the eight most hate-filled and heated rivalries in the NHL based on geography? Read on to find out. Those are your marching orders.
Please Note: Excerpts from General Patton's speech will play pivotal roles in each of the following slides.