Yep, there are about 100k members on HFBoards. 18 million people watched Game 7 of last year's finals and each finals game was watched by an average of 11 million people. There are probably more hockey fans who may not have been interested in watching Vancouver vs. Boston too.
So HFBoards represents less than 1% of hockey fans, and regular posters probably represent a fraction of 1%. The ones that feel compelled to post how they dislike a certain team probably end up representing about 0.01% of hockey fans into total (but account for a significant number of posts), so it's easy to see how we can have a distorted view of what the average hockey fan thinks from reading these forums.
You are correct. The ones who feel the most hate are usually the ones who need to vent about it somewhere, frequently on this board. That can give people a distorted impression about which team(s) is or are actually the most hated in Canada.
My point in posting this survey is so that the posters on this board can see that what is reality on Hfboards is not necessarily the reality in the greater world. I just wish people could get past their confirmation bias and consider evidence that is contrary to their point of view.
Except most hockey fans I talk to (not on hfboards) hate the Canucks. Even radio personalities talk about how much they are hated. Heck, even the LA twitter incident last game shows it.
Its not just an hfboards thing.
Well most hockey fans I talk to don't hate them, and most raido personalities I hear don't express their hatred for them, so does that make it even?
The LA tweet was again pandering to the vocal minority. There are 1000s of Canucks fans/supporters accross Canada. Again just a vocal minority that sways opinions.
Proof is in the stats people. If you're a rabid fan of your team, you probably hate the Canucks, people are sheep, they follow crowds. If you have a casual interest in the sport, you likely don't hate them at all.
Hating another team in your sport is a very zealous endevour that the average Joe doesn't partake in. Its a waste of energy.
The margin of error for that survey was +/- 2.5%. Since Angus Reid is an respectable polling organization, the survey results are probably reasonably reflective of the general population. 4% of respondents (and 9% of hockey fans) chose the Canucks as their most hated team. There's virtually no chance that more than say 8% of the general Canadian population and 15% of Canadian hockey fans would choose the Canucks as their most hated team.
It should be noted that some of the regional breakdowns involve small sample sizes (probably only 100 respondents from Manitoba/Saskatchewan for example), so 1% hating the Canucks and 4% hating the Oilers from Manitoba/Saskatchewan is not a statistically significant difference.