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11-14-2012, 09:09 PM
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Sojourn
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Originally Posted by Philly85 View Post
Thing is though, it's not THAT bad. It's exaggerated. It's no different then the level of fandom you will find in the USA related to people and athletes with sports like football, and baseball to a degree. You don't see Americans lining up to get out of the country to play for Toronto because of media attention and/or pressure and popularity.

There are lots of different factors that come into play, it can be worse in certain markets. For instance, it's (the "spotlight") more severe in Montreal and Toronto compared to somewhere like Calgary or Vancouver perhaps. Can't paint the whole country as uniformly crazy, using the negative connotations and descriptions that he did. THAT is ridiculous...

He doesn't have to enjoy or have to want playing in Canada, but he's donned the red and white whenever asked, and he still hasn't played in a pro Canadian market yet so he shouldn't really comment. The positives far outweigh the negatives.
How would you know? He grew up playing hockey in Canada. He probably has a much better idea what staying in Canada would entail than you do.

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