If and when I show any interest in NHL hockey nowadays I still root for the canadian teams in general. What´s the problem here today - not enough money to buy players or something else??
These days there are European (Swedish) players on most teams so there´s no reason to follow any particular team for that reason as may have been the case in the early days. Early days for me meaning late sixties and early seventies when I followed hockey more closely than today.
My earliest "home team" was the Montreal Canadiens - vintage version with Jean Beliveau, Yvan Cournoyer, Jacques Plante et al - winning the first expansion version of the Stanley Cup vs St.Louis in 1967. Some interest also in Toronto since that was the only other Canadian team then. After I spent a year in Calgary (in 1982) - after the expansion(s) - I also followed them for a while.
Nope, not a money issue at present (lower Canadian dollar will eventually hurt), but mostly management issues.
Ottawa: super inconsistent
Montreal: Price is hurt and the team has melted down
Winnipeg: it is cold
Calgary: weak goaltending and young inconsistent team
Edmonton: defence? we need to play defence?
Vancouver: remind me of a WC football team that has aging stars with kids that are too young to help out (ie Canadian womens team last summer)
If and when I show any interest in NHL hockey nowadays I still root for the canadian teams in general.
As a 'Murican, even I generally root for Canadian hockey teams. Here's my NHL pecking order of rooting interest:
1) Vancouver. Regional team. Go PNW!
2) St. Louis. Born there and went to my only NHL game there when I was probably 9.
3) Pittsburgh. Mario Lemieux was good when I was little, plus penguins. Who doesn't love penguins?
4) Montreal. I used to like the Expos as a kid because they needed some love. Best sweaters, period.
I've Pretty Much Always Had a Western Bias 5) Calgary.
I Like Old School, and Original Six is Old School: 7) New York Rangers
11) Ottawa. The Canadian team that's just "there" for some reason.
12) Buffalo. Great look now, but were really ugly from 1996-2010.
Teams I Can't Really Get Behind Because They Are Too New-ish: 13) Winnipeg. Yes, I know that they aren't new, and they reclaimed a Canadian team, but their look is uninspired.
15) Minnesota. Logo looks too much like K-State, my college rivals, colors too 90's.
16) Colorado. Stole a Canadian team, colors too 90's.
Mid-Atlantic Teams that I'm Kinda "Meh" About 17) Philadelphia
18) Washington Capitals
19) New York Islanders
20) New Jersey
Despite Being Original Six, I'm Increasingly Hating Teams From: 21) Boston
Should barely exist, because Gretzky: 22) Los Angeles
These teams shouldn't exist, period: Florida, Tampa Bay, Carolina, Dallas, Nashville, Arizona, Anaheim, San Jose
As Seinfeld famously said, "We're cheering for laundry."
The American teams are wearing American laundry, but the players hail from all over, oftentimes from Canada.
On the flip side, how many Blue Jays or Raptors are Canadian?
I would wager that most Canadians prefer to root for Canadian teams, rather than Canadian players on US teams. And vice versa. (Which makes watching Olympic hockey feel a little dirty to some people).
I've never lived in a city that had an NBA team (aside from the last few years of the Sonics), so I don't really have an allegiance to one. I've always respected the Spurs (and now the Warriors), and I usually find myself rooting for teams with KU players on them.
>I would wager that most Canadians prefer to root for Canadian teams, rather than Canadian players on US teams.
That depends on age. There are a lot of kicks in southern Ontario wearing Pittsburgh Penguins jerseys because of Sidney Crosby. There are pockets of southern Ontario where non Canadian teams are more popular with fans. Buffalo in Niagara, Detroit in Windsor, Jets in TBay, Boston in Oshawa and Parry Sound,..... Phoenix in Hamilton? (oh what might have been...)
re: Blue jays and Raptors. Best to ask somebody who actually watches these sports. I find baseball and basketball both terribly boring.