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Poll: Most Canadians don’t care about the lockout

Sep 19, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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The majority of Canadians – 52 percent of them to be specific – who live in the country’s seven NHL markets say it’s not important to them if the league and players reach a new collective-bargaining agreement and the season can begin.

Those findings according to a recent telephone survey by NRG Research Group and Peak Communicators.

So, what do the pollsters conclude?

“The response shows Canadians are less angry about the lockout than one may expect,” said Andrew Enns, president of NRG Research Group. “This is the third lockout in 20 years. Our results would indicate this may be having an effect on the fan base.”

But do the results actually indicate that? Because believe it or not, there exist Canadians that don’t care about hockey whatsoever. (They’re more into curling maybe.)

In fact, the poll says 41 percent of respondents in the seven NHL cities don’t follow hockey. Only 12 percent call themselves hardcore fans, with another 17 percent described as “interested followers” throughout the season. The others only perk up during the playoffs.

It might also be helpful if there was a baseline – say, a poll from the start of the 2004-05 lockout – to compare the findings.

Full disclosure: I’m Canadian and like hockey.

  1. kiopta1 - Sep 19, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Either they hate their teams ( understandable) or they don’t know how much they will miss it.

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Sep 19, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    I’m also Canadian and like hockey, but I don’t care about this. At least not yet. That may change the day after the Super Bowl.

  3. mydadyourmom - Sep 19, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    There’s no Canada like French Canada, it’s the best Canada in the land.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Sep 19, 2012 at 6:42 PM

      And the other Canada is hardly Canada, if you stay here for a day you’ll understand.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Sep 20, 2012 at 11:03 AM

        lol is this an actual song or something?

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Sep 20, 2012 at 4:17 PM

  4. id4joey - Sep 19, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    Well. I’m a hard core fan, live in one of the cities where the rink is full. The more Schneider and Jacobs exercise their control over the negotiations because of their sick greed, the less I care that the season is cancelled and I will walk away from the NHL If the season is delayed.

  5. sharkcity408 - Sep 19, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    First off the NHL isn’t the only hockey being played in CANADIA. big surprise. 2nd if Canadians stop caring, USA is only a hop skip and a jump away…

  6. vindicatus - Sep 19, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    So Canada is to blame now?

    Where is that group of posters who always seem to come out of the woodwork and claim that the League’s problems are all due to southern expansion? I thought we were supposed to relocate half of the teams to Canada to solve all the revenue problems and stop the lockout, but if Canadians hardly care more than the Americans, then what’s the point?

    • blomfeld - Sep 19, 2012 at 10:54 PM

      “Are you talking to me ?” …

      No Canada is not too blame. All this shows is that we Canadians have more to do with our lives than worry about hockey … at least for the moment. In fact it’s good to see these kinds of numbers, as perhaps this will give the pompous asses (NHLPA) something to think about ? Nonetheless, in my opinion the financial stress being levied on this league is coming from 3 main sources … and they’re as follows in descending order of severity:

      1) over-expansion into “non” indigenous markets (ie: sunbelt teams)
      2) player greed as most recently evidenced by Parise & Suter
      3) player ignorance as most recently evidenced by Ovechkin’s hollow threats
      4) player selfishness as most recently evidenced by Luongo’s bailout
      5) player arrogance as most recently evidenced by the wholesale exodus to Europe

  7. capsfan19 - Sep 19, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Is this canada’s way of discretely attempting to subvert the american govt?

  8. mikeincmn - Sep 20, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    I think the “anger” over the lockout, no matter the continent is subdued right now because no games have been misses yet. Once we start to see that, I expect that number to rise a bit.

  9. beergold - Sep 20, 2012 at 7:06 AM

    This poll is scewed a bit because the Toronto poll indicated that 100 percent of people don’t care about this Leaf season. It hasn’t even started and Burke is making a mockery of the Leaf franchise! They are currently in first place and will stay that way until they hit the ice again and once again become the laughing stock of professional on ice product!

  10. lostpuppysyndrome - Sep 20, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    And how many small, rural towns did they quiz? And how are they defining “hard-core” fans? I’m sure it’s a little different than how someone from Raleigh, Dallas, or Sunrise might define it. Plus, most of these places are inundated with other hockey leagues. The NHL will be back soon enough, nothing to worry about.

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