May 182011
 

Prior to the beginning of the West finals between the Vancouver Canucks and the San Jose Sharks, there were suggestions by certain members of the media that, in fact, the Sharks were the ones that Canada should cheer for. That’s right, a team located in Southern California is the one that represents the true north strong and free as they are captained by Joe Thornton and have Dany Heatley, Dan Boyle and Patrick Marleau while the Canucks lone Team Canada representative is goaltender Roberto Luongo. Normally I wouldn’t care what anyone says but this one was just too absurd.

The Canucks were deemed too Swedish, too American and strangely, too German despite The Hoff being the only player from good ol’ Deutschland. I can see why since our captain and his near duplicate are Swedish twins. Our best player so far during this playoff run is an American who has expressed his hatred for Team Canada in the past. There are more international players on our vaunted defensive corp than Canadian ones. It certainly seems that the Canucks aren’t very Canadian at all. But really…what makes us Canadian, after all? As I’m of Chinese descent, it certainly isn’t race. I speak other languages other than English so it can’t possibly be that either.

If you ask anyone around the world, you’d probably hear that they think Canadians are “nice”. Well, that makes our boys Canadian after all regardless of where they’re from. Ever met any of the Canucks? They’re as nice a guys as you’ll ever find. I’ve never been turned down for an autograph or photo opportunity (mostly because I don’t ask if they’re busy or occupied). They’re friendly guys that take a lot of pride in their work not only on the ice but off of it. I don’t think I have to mention all the great charity and philanthropy contributions the Canucks have made over the years. The organization is built not only to win games but to improve our city. No matter what people think Luongo’s wife thinks, I’m sure they would not be as involved as they are if they didn’t love Vancouver. Work ethic? Another Canadian value our boys exude. Maybe not on every night but none of us can say we don’t have an off-night sometimes. Who are the hardest working members of our team? If you answered anyone but Kesler, you’re probably wrong.

You know what the least Canadian part about all this? Suggesting that the Canucks aren’t Canadian enough simply because they’re from somewhere else. Telling someone that they can’t be part of us because of their race, ethnicity or background. The Canucks are as Canadian as any of us… maybe not by citizenship but certainly by attitude.

Kesler even says “Eh.”. Try to argue with that one!

So then, other parts of Canada, if you want to hop aboard and cheer for the Canucks, we’d be happy to have you. I can understand why. We have the big chocolate cake and there’s a big chocolate cake shortage everywhere else in Canada right now so all the chocoholics have to go somewhere for their fix. Even if it’s only til July and you’ll go back to cheering for the Leafs or whatever afterwards, welcome aboard! I’ll even give you a cheat sheet so you can learn all the players’ names if you’re from out East.

If not, and I can’t stress this enough: We. Don’t. Care. Personally, I would prefer if we weren’t Canada’s team because, to be honest, other parts of Canada, you don’t deserve us.

That’s right, I said it.

As Canucks fans, we have suffered. We have suffered through 40 years of losing. Not losing in the regular season, but since we’ve never won it all, I’ll just call it losing. We’ve come close… but we’ve never won. We’ve suffered through parts of history where our team just wasn’t very good. We’ve suffered the curse of Mark Messier. We’ve even suffered through single game ticket prices that might get us season tickets behind the bench in Atlanta, Phoenix or Florida. Us. Not you. We’re happy to share with you, Canada but don’t presume that we need or even want you. You’ve never cared about us and we didn’t really mind.

I get where these opinions are coming from, but what they don’t take into account is that Canucks fans know what matters… that our team’s still playing hockey rather than golfing so what the rest of the country thinks of us is moo.

Like a cow’s opinion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=899460081 Quincy D. Smith

     I’m Canadian and have to wonder why we even care if other people in Canada are cheering for us. If the Nucks were out and Montreal or Toronto were in I wouldn’t be cheering for them because they’re located in Canada….If my team is out, the Season is over, and I watch the game as a fan of the NHL.  I don’t cheer for other teams. Those that do should screw their heads on tighter…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=899460081 Quincy D. Smith

     I’m Canadian and have to wonder why we even care if other people in Canada are cheering for us. If the Nucks were out and Montreal or Toronto were in I wouldn’t be cheering for them because they’re located in Canada….If my team is out, the Season is over, and I watch the game as a fan of the NHL.  I don’t cheer for other teams. Those that do should screw their heads on tighter…

  • http://stantonsspace.blogspot.com/ Jdstanton71

     Maybe I don’t belong in the “comments” section of this post because I am from the U.S., and on top of that I’m from Florida, but the whole issue of nationalism has always seemed misplaced when it comes to the NHL. It is awesome in the Olympics, but in the NHL every single team has players from multiple countries. I cheer for the Lightning and am dying for them to win another Cup…but if the SCF turns out to be Boston vs. Vancouver it would never occur to me to cheer for the Bruins simply because their rink is in the U.S., when their roster has players from seven different nations.

  • http://twitter.com/popegabrielle Gabrielle Pope

    I guess I agree with most of this, but 1) San Jose is in no way located in “Southern” California. That’s like saying Toronto is the East coast of Canada. Since we always make fun of Americans for saying ignorant stuff about our country, let’s not do the same and invite the same kind of ridicule. 2) I am a lifelong Canucks fan living in BC, but I watched last night’s game at a predominantly French bar in Montreal and everyone was cheering incredibly enthusiastically for the Canucks. Just to offer a real-life perspective. I think places like Calgary where the fans tend to hate the ‘nucks (yup, out of spite, suckers) there is more of attitude about not cheering for the ‘nucks. (I also walked around an airport in cow-town yesterday and was given some hateful looks by Albertans, and loved every second of it.) And 3) This is such a dumb moot argument. I am happy to be able to cheer on the Canucks and I don’t give a shit if “Canada” is with me. More victory for us!

  • Dawn

    I’m usually a Flames fan, and right now cheering for the Canucks. I hope they bring the cup home where it belongs.  I don’t care how many European or US players are on the team (less then the Flames), the last time I took a look at the map, Boston was not situated anywhere on the map of Canada.  It’s our game, now bring it home boys!!! Go CANUCKS Go!!

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