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Old 05-17-2002, 03:44 AM   #16
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I agree with this point. I'd like to see a Canadian team win just because it would be nice to see a small-market team beat, for example, the Red Wing$. The Leafs and Habs are "iconic" teams in this country with many fans outside their respective cities, but even then, I don't see a victory by either of them as a victory for Canada but just for their respective cities.
Um, last I checked, Detroit was also one of the Original Six teams, and the population of the metro Detroit area was not too much larger than those of Toronto or Montreal.

And the Red Wing$ comment? The vast majority of the current Detroit Red Wings roster (just about anybody who's important other than Brett Hull and Luc Robitaille) was not acquired through free agency.
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Old 05-17-2002, 03:52 AM   #17
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free agency.
free agency or not, a lot of cash is required to acquire that roster.

weren't robitaille, chelios and hasek all free agent acquisitions by the way?
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I actually think it would be great for the sport in Carolina if they won the cup, but I do have my limits you know . Seriously, every team in the NHL is composed mostly of Canadian players anyway, so I do agree, somewhat, with the point that a win really only affects the city or region. However, I do think it would be a small victory, nonetheless (for Canada), if a Canadian team wins the cup, simply because the last time was 1993 (the Habs). Ironic that I was cheering for Gretzky and the Kings that year!

but the reasons to identify canadian teams as a collective are few and far between. excluding toronto, all have pleaded with fans and/or municipal/provincial/federal governments for help. the argument could be made that battling the dollar makes it harder for them than anyone else and all of vancouver, calgary and edmonton did an alright job of that this year. i think that is really the only binding factor. in my opinion hockey's position in the canadian psyche would remain pretty much where it is now if the cup were to 'come home'. maybe that's cause i live in a hockey city, and am from the hockey city though.

we could also identify teams in the south east as those with pathetically low attendance. is carolina there poster boy?
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All I got to say on this matter is ........GO LEAFS GO!!!!! WHOO HOO!!!! & more wins till the cup baby!!!!!

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Good, clean hockey is more important for me than patriotism and that's why I'll be rooting on Colorado or Carolina?

Are you implying that Detroit and Toronto are dirty teams?
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yeah, colorado is 'clean'
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Good, clean hockey is more important for me than patriotism and that's why I'll be rooting on Colorado or Carolina!
I'm a proponent of clean hockey too but at the end of the day, I'd never cheer for an American team, no matter who's playing for them. Sowwie, I guess I'm a bit of a Canadian patriot.

But like some of you have already posted, the anti-Leafs dilemma exists in Canada. Is it just big market envy? Or the loyalty of diehard Leafs fans? I know CBC did a ditty on it before Game 7 against the Sens. They painted a picture that all of Canada hates the Leafs and everyone was rooting for the Sens (which is somewhat inaccurate IMO). Being as naive as I am, where did it come from?

Back to the original question, I'd like to see an Original Six final, Detroit vs. Toronto. It'd be fun; it'd be cool. It'd be like old times.
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Are you implying that Detroit and Toronto are dirty teams?
Toronto? Er, yes...
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[B] maybe that's cause i live in a hockey city, and am from the hockey city though.
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You're from Montreal????
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