NHL Playoffs 2012: 5 Reasons Why We Love to Hate the Vancouver Canucks

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NHL Playoffs 2012: 5 Reasons Why We Love to Hate the Vancouver Canucks
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The hockey world let out a collective groan as the Vancouver Canucks avoided elimination, defeating the L.A. Kings 3-1 in Game 4.

The Canucks seem to be the NHL’s most hated team, but the reasoning behind it is up for debate.

Some argue that hockey fans hate the Canucks because they’re the best team, which simply isn’t true. While regular season success is fine, fans don’t take to hating the President’s Trophy winners, they hate champions.

The New England Patriots, New York Yankees and L.A. Lakers are all examples of this. Those teams have won strings of championships, forming dynasties in their respective leagues. In turn it has lead to a strong sense of hatred from fans of other teams.

The Vancouver Canucks have yet to win a single Stanley Cup.

Instead, I would suggest that the reason why the Canucks are hated is because of the players they have on their roster. Players who have come to represent a brand of hockey most fans detest. It’s a style of play highlighted by diving, cheap shots and dirty hits.

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