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by Paul on 04/12/12 at 11:14 PM ET
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
It’s all over twitter. It’s the talk of talk radio. We did a Google search of “hate Vancouver Canucks,” on Thursday and got 589,000 results.
I mean you almost expected to pick up the Globe and Mail and read a 64-point header: “Barney the Dinosaur says: ‘I hate the Canucks, too.’ ”
Never mind that Angus Reid published a survey on Thursday in which the Canucks were tied for third (with Ottawa, don’t get us started on Ottawa), behind Toronto and Montreal as the NHL’s most hated Canadian-based franchise.
The idea that the Canucks are the NHL’s most hated team has been repeated so many times it’s now accepted as fact….
We will give you the organization, which sees a sniper behind every grassy knoll, doesn’t help itself. And the Canucks have players — Ryan Kesler, Max Lapierre, Alex Burrows — who’ve earned reputations as divers and chirpers (Note to Kesler: Stop with the theatrics. You’re too good a player and the refs don’t buy it, anyways).
But, geez Louis, every team has at least one diver/chirper/pain-in-the-rear type in its lineup. The difference is not every team wins and, whatever else they are, the Canucks are two-time Presidents’ Trophy winners.
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