Canadian hockey is robust, even if Canadian NHL teams are not. And if it’s not your team, why would you care? NHL squads are business entities. They thrive or flounder (mostly flounder) on their own merits. Canada’s got nothing to do with it.
The only reason the average fan should be bothered if the Calgary Flames or the Winnipeg Jets are going to figure it out is if he/she is a Flames or Jets fan.
You might also care about Calgary or Winnipeg if you are not from there. By “caring,” I mean actively wishing them ill. If your own team is making you feel terrible, I don’t see any compelling nationalistic reason to wish happiness on someone else’s team. That’s not good manners. It’s masochism.
So this is a useful time of year to remind everyone of the rules of Canadian hockey fandom – you root for Canada, but you do not root for everyone playing hockey in Canada. Those are two different things.
In that spirit, congratulations to the Ottawa Senators from the rest of Canada. What a marvellous season.
Also, good riddance. We still don’t like you and the Prime Minister can’t make us.
Your agent saw this as a very exciting playoff run by the Ottawa Senators.
The team gave its all with a lot of injured bodies and took the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins to the absolute limit … one goal difference in double overtime in the seventh game of the Eastern Conference championship.
If you can’t get excited about that, are you a hockey fan?
To read Kelly’s full column, Congrats on a good run, Ottawa Senators. And good riddance, click here.
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