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Schneider apologizes for Oilers’ slight

Apr 13, 2012, 4:03 PM EDT

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With all due respect to Elton John, sorry doesn’t seem to be the hardest word.

In fact, it seems pretty easy. At least in the NHL.

Yesterday, the Los Angeles Kings issued an apology for anyone who was offended by a pair of anti-Canucks tweets.

Today, Vancouver goalie Cory Schneider expressed regret over a comment he made about the Edmonton Oilers – a comment related to all the hate that’s been thrown, and continues to get thrown, the Canucks’ way.

Schneider’s theory? Hate just comes with the territory when a team wins.

“Nobody cares about Edmonton so nobody hates them. It’s that simple,” he said.

Which brings us to today.

According to Sportsnet’s Mark Spector, Schneider offered a “very sincere” apology to the Oilers and the City of Edmonton.

Tweeted Spector: “He’s a very bright and astute young [goalie] who misspoke in making an analogy that most would agree with. Said it bugged him all [Thursday] night.”

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 13, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    All these apologies are ridiculous. Stand by what you say, especially when it’s true.

    People outside of Edmonton actually like the Oilers because they’re an exciting young team. But Cory is right, nobody hates them (outside of Calgary) because why hate a last-place team?

    • warpstonebc - Apr 13, 2012 at 4:31 PM

      We like them because they’re usually good for giving up 2 points.

      Seriously, we’re big fans of the Nuge here in Vancouver, but the Oilers barely register on our radar. I wish it was different, I would love to see intense Symthe Division games again.

      Again, like you said, they’re just not competitive enough to really think much about. I almost forgot Carolina was in the league and would have done the same for Columbus if they weren’t full of so much drama this season.

  2. nobandwagoners - Apr 13, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    Nothing to apologize for (except for maybe hurting some people’s feelings; so, ok, sorry for that).

    Sorry Edmonton, but as of right now, that’s where things stand. Once your young prospects gain experience (and assuming Edmonton can manage to re-sign and build around them), then you’ll more hate thrown you way than you can handle.

  3. wicky888 - Apr 13, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    The canucks are the penguins of Canada, diverts fakers and whiners, only they play dirtier. Cant wait till they lose and riot again

  4. velocirapist - Apr 13, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    I don’t think there’s anything wrong with him apologizing, even if it was necessary. We all know he’s right, but there’s nothing wrong with not wanting to be a dick to a whole city.

    Can’t blame him for not wanting to be some Danny Heatleyesque douchebag

  5. thomaspratt - Apr 13, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Kid might have apologized, but my guess is that he’s gonna get booed mercilessly next time Tampa Bay visits Edmonton

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