There are emotional ties to a team. When another team scores it's not as if you get the same feeling. I still support other canadian teams, but it's just not the same cheering for another team unless you follow them regularly. When people don't get that same feeling, why would they ever want to cheer for another team?
Because supporting your country in sporting events is for the Olympics. Don't blame fans not supporting other teams, and especially not rivals, just because of they're in the same country.
Plus, for the Vancouver example.... they're a generally disliked team, to put it lightly, outside of British Columbia. No reason to expect other fanbases up north to like them just because they're north of the border.
With that being said, we do sort of rally around the Canadian team most of the time. Much of the country was behind teams like Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa, Montreal, etc. in their various semi-recent runs. The Leafs and Nucks seem to be the only two teams that draw a lot of hate from most provinces.
I think it depends on the team. The only Canadian team I cheer against is Toronto (Habs fan), it's just too much of a rivalry to cheer for them. I cheer for every other Canadian team in the playoffs, the Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver cup runs come to mind.
The other thing is a lot of Canadian fans are borderline Don Cherry xenophobes about hockey, people got behind Boston for being good ol' tough Canadian boys (despite their best players that year being an American and a Slovak), and were against the Canucks because of the Sedins.
Sens fan, cheered for Edmonton, Calgary and Montreal. Initially was cheering for Vancouver (it lessened with their play near the end, but I guess I still wanted them to win). Only team I would never cheer for is Toronto, and that may just be because I don't want to have to deal with their fans/the media more than because I hate the team (but I do hate the team, just to clarify )
Just dont get why Canadian fans don't like supporting the other teams in the country, while it seems they would rather cheer against them.
We saw this with Vancouver a few years ago. I suspect it would be the same with the Leafs if/when they make it, which is sad since Americans seem to not have any issues with the Leafs.
So whats the deal? Is the rivalry between Canadian teams too intense from all the divisional matches?
Generally canadian fans do rally around the last canadian team standing. Vancouver was the exception because their team was so unlikeable and filled with douches. When Edmonton and Calgary made it, especially Calgary, it was bandwagon galore.
comes down to devotion and all the emotional over-reacting that comes with insane degrees of that. Grudges are held for years, little plays are blown way out of proportion, other (Canadian) fanbases are attacked and retaliate with the same vitriol and it ends up a simmering hurricane of dislike in the calm times that turns into outright hatred during turbulent times such as games against and when one team has success (and their fans relentlessly remind everyone) and others don't (and constantly hear about it). There are fans that devoted and who get that worked up for every NHL team but they don't exist in hordes in the US.
Everyone wants their team to be the one that finally brings the Cup back to Canada.
To the one poster saying that Bos had more Canadians then Van: While that maybe true that is usually what Canadians say when there is no Canadian team left. I mean sure the Cup will spend time in Canada with individuals but its more important to me that the team the Cup is going to is in Canada. Then there is the whole meeting the PM...etc.
I used to be the kind of fan that cheered for Canadian teams in the Finals: I cheered on Calgary (Mainly for Iggy), cheered on the Oilers & same for the Sens but after the crap & lack of support Van got in 2011 from the rest of the country I won't be doing that in the future. The only other Canadian team I will cheer for is the Habs.
It's time the Cup comes back to Canada. And it's a joke that it's been this long.
I am a fan of all the Canadian teams, and I refuse to budge on that until some Canadian teams start winning the Cup, though obviously not ONLY Canadian teams should win it. I do like a few American teams as well. But in this situation, Canada comes first.
Sure I have preferences for who breaks the Cup drought, but I don't really care who does it as long as it happens ASAP. These lockouts are a joke as it is that there's a team who misses out on the Cup because of it. Who knows what could have happened in 04-05, and this year if the season ends up cancelled.
For me it's:
EDM > VAN > TOR > MTL > CGY > WPG > OTT
The situation with the Cup and Canada is so bad that I don't really care about divisional rivalries are all. Just bring the Cup home, please. I like a team if I like it.... I don't care about it's relation to my home team. It's just a game afterall.