As Montreal is one of two remaining Canadian teams left in the Stanley Cup playoffs, I’ve seen a lot of non-supporters jump on the bandwagon.
I would appreciate it if you jump off.
Don’t get me wrong. If you followed the team, or have Hab players in your hockey pool, cheer them all you want.
But if you don’t like the Habs in the regular season and routinely cheer against them, I don’t want you on the bandwagon.
I didn’t support the Sens in the playoffs last year, and I think if you hated the Habs during the regular season, you should continue to hate them now. I don’t buy the argument you should support Canadian teams more in the playoffs. After all, Anaheim had more Canadian players than Ottawa last year.
Montreal used to be a hated team. They won cups, had playoff success, and were difficult to beat. You either loved them or hated them. That changed after the Patrick Roy trade, but they were still hated.
Then when Saku Koivu beat cancer, people started to show some support, and cheered for them that year to win one for Saku. They weren’t cheering for Montreal, but for the fight Saku put up.
In the years after that, Montreal continued to struggle. All of a sudden, the Sens were the powerhouse team, the Sens-Leafs rivalry was in full swing, and Montreal was being treated with pity support from non Montreal fans. “Oh the poor Habs. They’re so small and cute and cuddly and are pretty hopeless. I hope they are able to can make it to the postseason just to say they can make it, even though they won’t stand a chance once they’re there.”
Give me a break. Now this year, the Habs are the dominant team, the Sens are the one who are choking, the Leafs missed the playoffs and all of a sudden there’s all this support for Montreal.
Cheer for the team because the Habs are your favourites. Cheer for them because you like the team, not because they’re Canadian. Cheer for them because you have always supported the team.
Either cheer for the team all along for the right reasons, or don’t cheer at all. There’s no middle ground.