Where it all began for the starting lines in the Lightning and Stars finale.

Everyone starts here. Regardless of whether a player navigates their way to the NHL, or spends their remaining days beating around rinks in men’s leagues. Every hockey player found their passion for the game at the youth level and the 40-plus athletes rostered on the Tampa Bay Lightning and Dallas Stars are no different.

We took a deep dive into the history of these players, and they all collide on a path to the Stanley Cup in the NHL’s 2019-20 season finale. However, their starting points have been vastly different. First, a look at North American players in pursuit of Lord Stanley…

Toronto is a pretty crowded region, eh? That comes as no surprise as the Mecca of Hockey. Now a quick look at the European perspective.

Check out the Stars with a prominent presence in Scandinavia, which conveniently fuels their blue line that has accounted for more offensive production than any other team in the postseason.

One more look at the starting lines for Game 1, as we break down the combinations by the youth organizations in which the players last played for.

Dynamo Moscow, Little Caesars, Jokerit, and how about Plano, Texas, native Blake Coleman repping Dallas Stars Elite; affiliate organization of the very team he’ll look to edge out for the Cup.