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As the last team north of the border still standing, the Vancouver Canucks are now “Canada’s team.”
Except, maybe not.
Really, it depends on who you ask.
The Canucks are the last team from Canada still competing in the Stanley Cup playoffs, after they upset the St. Louis Blues on Friday. Earlier in the night, the Montreal Canadiens were eliminated, as were the Calgary Flames the day before.
For many Canadians, when their hockey team is eliminated from the playoffs, they adopt another team to follow. Often, that means picking another Canadian team in the hopes that the Stanley Cup could return to Canada for the first time since 1993.
But there are also many fans who want nothing to do with another team, especially a Canadian rival.
Some Canucks fans welcome the title of “Canada’s team,” but there are also many others who remember their run to the 2011 Stanley Cup Final when the rest of Canada didn’t appear to favour their team.
More fans from around the country will likely get on board with the 2020 version of the Canucks though. With young stars like Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes, the Canucks are a fun team to watch, but they’re also underdogs.
Needless to say, it’s a hot topic.
— Grady Sas (@GradySas) August 22, 2020
— Cameron. (@CamfromLangley) August 22, 2020
The Vancouver Canucks are now Canada's team.
What a time to be alive.
— Stephan Roget (@StephanRoget) August 22, 2020
#canucks take back the throne as Canada’s Team
— emily 🌻 (@emily_dawnxo) August 22, 2020
Canuck's Canada's Team pic.twitter.com/X3jaLgiTRM
— Vicki Cunningham (@nucksnut) August 22, 2020
— Jaime Stein (@jaimestein) August 22, 2020
— Ashley Martin (@ashleymartin83) August 22, 2020
I’m cheering for the Canucks harder than I’ve cheered for a (non-Leafs) Canadian team in a long time. They’re young, exciting underdogs. https://t.co/RM814R4A60
— Steve "Dangle" Glynn (@Steve_Dangle) August 22, 2020
I guess this means the #Canucks are now officially Canada’s team? Weird but I’m okay with it.
— Natasha Staniszewski (@tvnatasha) August 22, 2020
Im sorry the Canucks are not Canada’s team. Rather cheer for Canadian players like MacKinnon personally. So thats what im gonna do, not an Avs fan but let’s go Nate!!!
— John Easthope (@vintagejohnny84) August 22, 2020
Alright fuck it the Canucks are Canada's team, that feels like a good curse
— chopsticks at subway (@itlooksreal) August 22, 2020
I don't want to be "Canada's Team". We remember 2011. We don't want you. #canucks
— Sam Aitken (@muleaitken) August 22, 2020
Canucks are finally “Canada’s team” everyone in Canada better be cheer them on…. unless your a leafs fan then you can keep that negativity to your own fan base – sincerely all of canucks nation.
— Austin (@AustinBaril) August 22, 2020
I hate that the Canucks are Canada's team
— Christopher, no longer trapped at home 🧦🌐 (@CSAxford) August 22, 2020
2020: "Canucks are Canada's team!!"
Canucks fans: pic.twitter.com/GKDwOgUtSO
— Vanessa Jang (@vanessajang) August 22, 2020
ALERT, ALERT, ALERT…
The Canucks are NOT now Canada's team.
They are the team of Canuck fans… where ever they may reside.
— James (@robertojames192) August 22, 2020
Don’t cheer for the Vancouver Canucks because they’re the last Canadian team. I guarantee if the Leafs were the only one we’d all get f-bombs and raised middle fingers. Cheer for the Vancouver Canucks only if you want to.
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) August 22, 2020
Im good if The #canucks aren't Canada's team. The rest of canada can pretend they give a fuck about Basketball & cheer for the Raptors again.
— ☆Cowboy☆Canuck☆ (@cowboycanuck) August 22, 2020