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Poll: Leafs – not Canucks – are the most hated Canadian team

Apr 13, 2012, 9:09 PM EDT

Phil Kessel AP

According to a recent Angus Reid poll that surveyed Canadians, the Vancouver Canucks are not the most hated NHL team in Canada. The Toronto Maple Leafs are with 33% of self-described hockey fans saying that they hate the Leafs more than any other Canadian NHL franchise.

Which is the most beloved NHL franchise in Canada? That would be the Montreal Canadiens.

Undeterred by their losing season, nearly a quarter of hockey fans named the Montreal Canadiens as their favorite Canadian NHL franchise. If you include all people surveyed, that number drops to 19%.

That’s not too surprising. Fans might get angry with their favorite squad when they’re struggling and make their feelings known, but it’s less common for people to throw their hands up in the air and start rooting for a different team.

What’s interesting is that the Toronto Maple Leafs captured the hearts of 20% of hockey fans to come in second place. Yes, Toronto is both the second most loved franchise and the most hated. So the one thing you can say about the Leafs is, based on that poll, they bring out strong emotions in most Canadian hockey fans.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 13, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    Who did they survey? The FLQ?

    • habsman - Apr 13, 2012 at 9:35 PM

      Mojo, The FLQ reference going to be over the head of 90% of the people posting here. Just be happy with second place. It’s the highest you’ve finished in 45 years.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 13, 2012 at 10:21 PM

        Makes it that much better…and touche, sir.

  2. gsprulz - Apr 13, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    maybe in Canada but here in the States Toronto is pretty irrelevant as the Atlanta Thrashers were. Believe me its either Canucks or Flyers.

    • tommytd - Apr 14, 2012 at 6:53 AM

      Canucklheads for sure. They’re a bunch of whining underachievers who play dirty, dive and can’t keep their mouths shut and just play the game. I really hope they’re gone in 4 AND GOOD RIDDANCE.

  3. loinstache - Apr 13, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    This is turning into an effin’ gossip blog.

  4. nekelund - Apr 14, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    In fairness, the Leafs are the most hated team because they get all the media attention, they and their fans behave as though they are entitled to win the Stanley Cup each year and are somehow completely astonished that they are not seen as Canada’s Team. They want to hog the spotlight yet paint themselves as the victims of media barbs, however deserved. Think the Boston Red Sox pre-2004, except instead of lovable losers, they are Rex-Ryan-esque punching-above-their-weight impudent brats.

    Vancouver is not quite there, but they and their fans are starting to develop the same sort of arrogant swagger and belief that they deserve to be loved and why-is-the-media-so-mean-to-us whininess.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 14, 2012 at 1:45 AM

      What exactly are you basing that on? I’m a lifelong Leafs fan and I know many others. None of that is true.

      Toronto is the biggest market in Canada, so obviously the media is going to focus on them. I get that other Canadians don’t like the fact that during the season CBC and TSN are all Leafs all the time. However, that has nothing to do with entitlement or arrogance, it’s just business.

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