I also wonder aloud; is part of the reason some canadians do cheer so hard for other canadian teams is due to the drought- now 20 years since the last one hoisted. When a canadian team finally does win another cup, will other canadians be less likely to cheer for it to be brought back the next year?
most people i know in qc want canadian teams to go far in the playoffs...and they want teams with talented quebecers to go far too, ie: tampa bay.
by the way , i don't know anyone outside internet who hates the canucks although it seems to be a trend here to hate them.
It is weird, most of the people I know don't hate the Leafs, they hate the Leaf fans (not all just the ones that are fans to be fans and know nothing of hockey or their team. ie my ex brother in-law)
When it comes to the Canucks, people tend to hate the team. Not the fans.
In the latest THN they listed the public enemy #1 for each team. Your standard ones were there. The Canucks were represented 4 times.
I don't care who people cheer for, but the argument "most American teams have Canadians on it" just annoys me. After like 2 years, the average person (not including die-hard hf fans) doesn't remember who was on the team. All they know is who won the cup. So if you're going for the "Cheer Canadian" angle, cheering for the success of a Canadian team in a Canadian city is more important than who plays on it.
Only Canadian team I wouldn't cheer for is Toronto, for reasons that have been repeated many times already.
Oh and Edmonton. Nothing against the team or fans (city sure does suck though). But mainly because my boss is a die hard oilers fan and is living back in the 1980's. :
In reality, I think it's a sibling syndrome type of deal.
We all recognize ourselves as Canadian and we all love the sport of Hockey. But at the same time, nothing says rubbing it into your siblings faces like being able to boast about winning the holy grail of hockey.
That was really necessary for you to toss in there. On behalf of the nearly one million people who live in this city, thanks for that shot. Just curious, how many times have you visited Edmonton?
It comes down to storylines, play style and team personalities. I can cheer for a team lead by PK Subban and Carey Price because they're two of my favourite characters. I can cheer for an '06 Oilers or '94 Canucks because they're a gritty underdog. I could even cheer for the Flames if it were, say, Jarome Iginla's last chance at the Stanley Cup.
I didn't cheer for Ottawa in 2007 because I didn't find them interesting enough.
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.
Usually whenever "most hated" threads come out it's the Québécois, rather than Swedish, players on the Canucks that people have issues with. Mind you, French-Canadian is no better than European in Cherry's hierarchy, and Burrows in particular really feeds into his stereotype of French-Canadians as people who are willing to be annoying but are unwilling to fight when the other team challenges him.
Mind you, people in Alberta normally cheer against the Canucks, and a lot of people in the Maritimes normally support, or at least symphathize with, the Bruins. I don't think the Canucks would have gotten much more support even if they were a more disciplined team.
I do tend to cheer for other Canadian teams that make it far in the playoffs, once the Canucks are out.
I see a lot of people here stating that they can't see any reason to do that, so allow me to explain: The main reason I do it is a sense of identification with other hockey fans, regardless if they, as a fanbase, like the Canucks or not. Hell, nearly everyone hates the Canucks, so WHATEVER. We're "villains". Every story needs a villain.
I know what it means to a Canadian city to win a Stanley cup. I know how engrained that is, where even non-hockey fans get swept up into it, and the whole city goes nuts. Frankly, it's a beautiful thing. I lived in Calgary in 1989, I was here in Vancouver in 2010... so I know EXACTLY what that means. How powerful it is, and how it brings the whole city together. I love to see that for other fans... and I hope that I get to experience it one day in my lifetime as well.
I've cheered for every Canadian team on a cup run since I've started watching hockey, except for Vancouver in 2011. I feel that many other people I know feel the same way. That Canucks team was well hated.
As a Maple Leafs fan, I have never understood the hatred so many Canadians seem to have for all other Canadian teams.
I hate the teams in my division (namely Montreal and Ottawa) and root for their demise, but seeing as Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg (sort of) have no real effect on my team's standing, I will (and do) gladly cheer them on in the playoffs.
There was no question in my mind who I was supporting when Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver made the Final (Vancouver did test this pattern though).
Though it isn't exclusively a Canada v. USA thing. I just root for whichever fanbase I think wants it more/which city will make a bigger deal out of it. It just so happens that the farther north you go, the more appreciative the general population is of the game of hockey.