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Joe Thornton rooted for Bruins to win Stanley Cup

Oct 22, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT

Joe Thornton AP

When it comes to rooting interest, sometimes it’s about the lesser of two evils.

Only Joe Thornton knows how much bitterness he holds toward the Bruins and Boston market in general, but apparently his dislike of the Vancouver Canucks was much greater. Thornton told’s Joe Haggerty that he rooted for the B’s during the 2011 Stanley Cup finals.

“I was actually cheering for them in the Final,” Thornton said. “After losing against Chicago and then seeing Chicago hoist it up it would have been hard to see Vancouver do that too. I was cheering for them and I still have a lot of friends over there – so I was happy for them.”

Thornton’s allegiance makes a lot of sense. In a way, it makes me think of how the Chicago Blackhawks pick their rivals. Longtime fans get their blood boiling for the Detroit Red Wings, but the actual Blackhawks developed a deeper dislike for the Vancouver Canucks after three playoff series.

Just because Jumbo Joe was happy for former teammates (and fast friend Milan Lucic) in Boston doesn’t mean that he won’t try to get a little on-ice revenge against his former team tonight. Still, it’s interesting to imagine Thornton rooting for the team that once traded him.

  1. tommytd - Oct 22, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    The Canuckleheads are the team we’re all learning to dislike, exceeded only by their miserable fans.

  2. trbowman - Oct 22, 2011 at 6:26 PM

    The Canucks – History takes a dive

  3. danphipps01 - Oct 22, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    Everyone hates the Canucks. I’m not really surprised a guy who gets crucified every time he loses a game was rooting against the team that beat his too. The guy takes brutal abuse for imagined “choking” and the Canucks beat him out in five games. I can’t imagine he’s fond of them for that.

  4. babar61 - Oct 22, 2011 at 8:00 PM

    Most hated team in hockey, I’ll always love them anyway.

  5. jason9696 - Oct 22, 2011 at 11:04 PM

    I don’t think a lot of people outside of B.C. were cheering for Vancouver in the Stanley Cup. Unless they were from B.C.

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