Hockey fans debate whether the Canucks are now "Canada's team"

Aug 22 2020, 11:40 am

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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.

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