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It’s Different In Canada And The USA

from Dave Hodge of TSN,

Not to take the hockey kibitzing of Prime Minister Trudeau and President Obama too seriously, but it got me thinking, and that got me asking the following questions: “If hockey fans in Canada could trade Olympic gold medals for Stanley Cup wins by their favourite NHL team, would they? Conversely, if hockey fans in the United States could trade Stanley Cups by all sorts of teams since 1993, and especially the ones by Chicago, about which President Obama likes to boast, for USA Olympic success, would they?”

I believe the answer on both counts is “No.”

And that might not seem logical, but in a week that celebrates a lot of what is similar in the two great neighbouring countries, hockey represents something of a difference.

Canadians don’t like the fact that all seven of the NHL franchises based in hockey’s homeland are likely to miss the Stanley Cup playoffs this season. They gripe about that and about the Stanley Cup drought since Montreal’s win in ’93, but dare I say they’re used to it? You want to hear bitching and complaining? Put Canada anywhere lower than first in the upcoming World Cup, and committees will be formed in every bar with a TV to figure out the reason.


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Hootinani's avatar

Thats not fair, Id trade all of Chicago’s cups for USA gold.

Id also trade them for a sack of wooden nickels, but thats neither here nor there

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 03/12/16 at 10:54 AM ET


*#$%@& sake, the leader from our country ribs the leader of their country for the cup being in HIS own city and Canadians start acting like children. “Buu buuu buut we have more Olympic gold!”

Posted by weswolverine on 03/12/16 at 11:08 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

*#$%@& sake, the leader from our country ribs the leader of their country for the cup being in HIS own city and Canadians start acting like children. “Buu buuu buut we have more Olympic gold!”

Posted by weswolverine on 03/12/16 at 10:08 AM ET

Where was that?  I missed that conversation if someone said that.

Americans watch hockey with a more regional approach.  doesn’t matter where they were born.

That and his observation of NHL team vs National team is on the money.  But was always bewildered by Canadian fans all of a sudden pulling for (insert Canadian team here) because they were the last Canadian team in the playoffs.  So, you’re pulling against Steve Yzerman, Canadian national hero, because he plays in Detroit?  Never made any sense to me.  But no doubt they would rather see their national team win anything.

I value the Red Wings Cups a LOT, I don’t care that much if USA USA wins gold in the Olympics or World Championships although I do hope to see them win.  This will be so in the confusing, pre-season warm up “World Cup of Hockey” with Justin Abdelkader playing another big international role for USA.

Posted by RWBill on 03/12/16 at 11:17 AM ET


Posted by RWBill from lead guitarist for The Pompous Dicks. on 03/12/16 at 10:17 AM ET

Then yes, you’ve missed all of the pieces and tweets. I don’t know of a single American that wouldn’t trade a Stanley Cup of anybody but their own team for an American gold (even then some would do it). This particular piece is just stupid.

Posted by weswolverine on 03/12/16 at 11:54 AM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

The Olympics are something to watch when you’re bored… or trying to get out of yard work.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 03/12/16 at 01:59 PM ET

Primis's avatar

It’s different because American senior international teams always perform fairly well regardless of the sport.  When you *really* consider how the US develops prime athletes and sends their best to sports like football and basketball, and baseball, and hockey, and then STILL somehow fields a competitive USMNT for soccer when their best athletes go to other sports first…  as a result, Americans don’t wrap everything up in one particular sport.  There’s always another national team to throw your weight behind.

Posted by Primis on 03/12/16 at 02:09 PM ET

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