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Leafs defenseman Mark Fraser reminds us all that Ottawa is not necessarily Senators territory

The Ottawa Sun's Tim Baines reports that Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Mark Fraser was skating with the Ottawa Senators' players at the Bell Sensplex on Thursday (as was some Alfred-something guy), and as Baines discusses Fraser's love for the Toronto Maple Leafs despite his status as a born-and-raised Ottawan, I would like to posit the reason that Senators fans are...different:

He was surprised at the intensity of the Battle of Ontario when he returned home with the Leafs last season.

"It was always really special to come home," said Fraser. "But it's a different thing playing for the Leafs. The loudest game I'd ever played in, maybe except for the playoff games this year, was in Ottawa when Eugene Melnyk tried to encourage fans not to give their tickets to Leaf fans. It was a phenomenal experience because the fans were into it, we were into it and you see the amazing rivalry it's become in Ontario.

"The fact that hometown players can get booed in their own building is a weird thing. All the Leaf fans come out in this town."

Baines continues, and the same thing happens when the Canadiens come to Ottawa. I'd imagine that it's annoying as hell. We get pockets of fans cheering for local players on other teams in Detroit, and when the Leafs come to town, I think a quarter of Southwestern Ontario buys up all the seats because they can't get into actual Leaf games (see: why there will never be another team in Toronto), but seriously, to get booed in your own rink a total of half-a-dozen times a year...That ain't fun.

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Da lil Guy's avatar

I once made the mistake of taking the bus to a Sens/Leafs game. It was a particularly bad beat for the Sens, too (I think we lost 7-2). On the bus ride home I got serenaded with trash talk by drunken out of towners in leafs jerseys (though I was also entertained by a lively, and completely non-sarcastic, discussion of how Colton Orr has the potential to be as good a ‘Jarome Iginla type player’). At the time I lived in Orleans (East end suburb). The rink is in Kanata (West end suburub). It was a long, hellish, ride.

Being stuck in a cold metal tube with the people who annoy you most in the world right after your team has a bad loss is not an experience I’d wish on anyone (except, maybe, fans of the Leafs and Habs).

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 08/30/13 at 08:59 AM ET

Primis's avatar

Now imagine you’re in Columbus, and ALL of your fans are already Detroit or Pittsburgh fans first.

Posted by Primis on 08/30/13 at 09:21 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 08/30/13 at 09:59 AM ET

That sucks.  I don’t get the disrespect from fans vs. fans.  I was on a bus back to the bar after the Wings beat Columbus in game 2, 2009.  There was two Columbus fans, and people didn’t really say anything to them, until they started talking about how horrible the BJs were.  Then all the Wings fans were talking about how they felt sort of bad for Columbus, and this and that.  It was about as heartwarming as it gets. 

At least that’s how I remember it…

Posted by TreKronor on 08/30/13 at 10:37 AM ET

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