You knew it was coming.

It is a rite of spring, hockey style.

Every year in early June, when the two Stanley Cup finalists step onto the ice, Don Cherry uses his platform in the first intermission of Game 1 to wave the flag in front of the entire country.

And, in the process, carve Canadian teams for lacking enough homebrews on their rosters.

On Wednesday night, history repeated itself when Grapes took aim at the two combatants in the Battle of Ontario — the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Ottawa Senators.

Using the stage of Coach’s Corner, Cherry gleefully pointed out that the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Kings have 15 Canadian-born players on their roster. The Eastern Conference titleholders New York Rangers, meanwhile, have their own impressive cache of Canadians with 12.