Leafs fan here.Once the leafs are eliminate I usually cheer for the team that I think is the best.If they go out,I cheer Canadian,unless of course it's Montreal.
When I was in Montreal last spring I got to joking about the Canadiens with some relatives and they didn't take it lightly.I thought I was going to get beat up for pretending to rip a Canadiens flag.
They even forced me to take a picture wearing a Canadiens jersey before they would let me leave.
My dislike for the Canadiens is more of a joke than anything,but,these guys were serious.
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?
Actually, having been a Jets season ticket holder back in the 80's and 90's, I hated Vancouver just because they were in the Smythe. Having maggots like Momesso and Sandlak in their lineup didn't help either. However, after seeing what's transpired in recent years in downtown Vancouver after playoffs, it makes it very difficult for anyone to cheer for Vancouver and their riots.
The answer is simple : there are big rivalries between many of the canadian teams in each respective conference. Would Pens fans rally around Philadelphia or vice versa in the finals vs a canadian team? I don't think so!
Originally Posted by HF007
Being from calgary I would cheer for all the teams except Van and EDM.
Similarly being from MTL I'd cheer for all teams except TML and OTT. I have some empathy for western conference canadian teams but the eastern conference ones? screw them!
You did read where I said "that's my point of view anyway" right? Meaning that the entire impetus of my post was that I cheer for teams and cities I deem deserving of a Cup. So in that context, I can decide how and whom I want to cheer for no? You don't get to tell me I'm wrong. It's my opinion and my own set of standards that dictates who I cheer for, nothing else. My standards for a team deserving a Cup are completley my own. And that was clear in my post.
And I'm not sure the second part is even that much of a stretch really, never mind hyperbole...
Since you gave no specifics of what you think constitutes a "deserving" city, and just used this thread topic to dump on an entire fanbase, your post is pretty dumb. That's my opinion. And since you think that LA only celebrated for 10 minutes - literally, with no hyperbole - you are objectively wrong.
Very strange, but I lived in BC when Calgary and Edmonton had their most recent runs and the majority of the people were for them winning in BC... Then I spent time in Alberta when the Canucks made their run and EVERYONE hated them...
The average fan in BC seemed to want the Flames and Oilers to win it all, the average Alberta fan would rather see a 1000 kittens die than the Canucks win the cup...
I really never understood it...
Speaking as an Albertan there was definitely no shortage of casuals jumping on the Canucks bandwagon (which most Canadians are - they aren't like us who talk about hockey online). I would guess about 95% of people on my facebook were cheering for the Canucks in 2011, not to mention the year before that vs. the Blackhawks. But that's strictly Edmonton + northern Alberta, I can't speak for southern Alberta.
I of course was cheering against them and hordes of people were like "Why don't you move the states then, why don't you want the cup to come back to Canada?". So yeah many Albertans wanted them to win. But I'll also add the antics in the first two games turned some people off and they ended up cheering for Boston.
What about in '94? That Canucks team seemed pretty likable - didn't Canada get behind them? Of course it was only a year removed from a Canadian team winning the Cup, not twenty.
The fact that players as classy as the Sedins are characterized as "diving pukes" and the team as a whole as "dirty hitters" (as if the team they were up against in the SCF was a clean bunch) is enough proof that when it down to sports, people have selective memories and will choose to love or hate players and teams depending on their own biases and what's shown on the media.
And had the Canucks actually won Game 7, a lot of people here would have a completely different opinion of them. Winners are respected because they did whatever it took to win and losers are outcasts because no matter what they did they couldn't overcome their own wickedness.
Well the whole finger biting incident definitely didn't help the Canucks gain any fans. Keep in mind this is from a guy who has pulled hair before, and publicly stated that he was happy that Avery suck punched Smid (who suffered a concussion). Then you have Kesler who was diving all over the ice. The Sedins (who I thought played fine in the playoffs) but they let themselves get pushed around too much. Marchand treating Daniel like a punching bag, Thomas crushing Henrik infront of the net... etc etc.
Boston is by no means a super clean team but Vancouver did it all to the MAX.
It's simple really, Edmonton and Calgary were teams of classy players that people could look up to. Vancouver was filled with diving pukes and dirty hitters, and crybaby biters who called out refs for having imaginary vendettas against them. Seems pretty obvious, no?
I don't do well at interpreting emoticons, so if this was meant sarcastically then good job!
I will cheer for any Canadian team except Vancouver. I used to like them until they went to the finals and really found out what kind of team they had. I cannot stand the Sedins, Kesler, Burrows, and Lapierre. They all dive, and dive alot. That team is also really dirty. Least favourite team in the league easily.
As I posted on the leafs board which I got a lot of hate from, I have grown a fondness for the Sens. I cheered for them last year because of the heart and never say die attitude. They were not even supposed to make the playoffs with many people predicting last place in the east. They brought the rags to 7 games and fought right to the bitter end. They are a team deserving of praise. I will find myself cheering for them this upcoming year.
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.
So it was all Thomas & Chara? What about Bergeron, Seguin, Horton, Lucic, Marchand, Ryder... they all played pretty significant roles during that playoff run.
Originally Posted by Fish on The Sand
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.
A lot of leaf & habs fans were cheering for Vancouver, leaf fans because of Seguin/the Kessel trade and habs fans because of the rivalry.