Most sports fans have a favorite team and their loyalty to that team runs deep.
As the saying goes, the crest on the jersey is more important than the name on the back. With that in mind, today's favorite player can be tomorrow's sworn enemy: all it takes is a trade or the signing of a free-agent contract or vice versa.
A perfect example was last summer's announcement that Jaromir Jagr had signed with the Flyers.
When Jagr played for the opposition he was taunted with whistles every time he took the ice and in his early mullet-wearing days he was often greeted by Aerosmith's "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" blasting through the PA. Times have changed and not too long into the season he was a Philly favorite, even if it was somewhat begrudging on the part of some Flyers fans.
Somewhat surprisingly there are some players out there that the majority of fans, no matter what team they support, want to see succeed. Granted this is a small list, but there are a handful of NHL players we all (or at least should) root for no matter what team they play for.