Vancouver Canucks have backing of one third of Canadians in Stanley Cup quest

 
Hockey fans cheer for their team as the Vancouver Canucks take to the ice against the Los Angeles Kings for Game 1 of their NHL Western Conference quarter-final hockey playoffs in Vancouver, British Columbia,  April 11, 2012.
 

Hockey fans cheer for their team as the Vancouver Canucks take to the ice against the Los Angeles Kings for Game 1 of their NHL Western Conference quarter-final hockey playoffs in Vancouver, British Columbia, April 11, 2012.

Photograph by: Andy Clark , Reuters

More than one third of Canadians are calling the Vancouver Canucks their team in the Stanley Cup playoffs, describing the team as strong and exciting, according to an Angus Reid Survey released today.

Another 20 per cent of 1,506 Canadians in an online survey from April 5 to 7 – before the playoffs began – said they will root for the Ottawa Senators during the playoffs.

The Vancouver Canucks polled ahead of all other Canadian hockey teams as strong (47 per cent), exciting (36 per cent) and clean (26 per cent).

Vancouver and Ottawa were the only two Canadian teams to make the playoffs.

The Canucks dropped their first home game to the Los Angeles Kings 4-2, and play again tonight.

The survey also showed that the Canucks (11 per cent) are now the most third popular team in the country behind the Montreal Canadiens (19 per cent) and the Toronto Maple Leafs (17 per cent).

However, the Maple Leafs are the leaders on six negative traits: weak (48 per cent), in decline (43 per cent), disrespected (41 per cent), arrogant (39 per cent), boring (38 per cent) and overrated (38 per cent).

The Canadiens received mixed results, with the most mentions for classic (49 per cent), admired (36 per cent) and dirty (25 per cent).

Among self-described hockey fans, the Maple Leafs hold a three-point advantage over the Canadiens at 24 per cent to 21 per cent.

The Canucks were third among hockey fans (18 per cent), followed by the Edmonton Oilers (13 per cent).

The Canucks positive image mirrors that of the City of Vancouver which topped the survey list with the most mentions for being admired (50 per cent), exciting (47 per cent) and fresh (42 per cent).

The City of Toronto also topped the chart with the most negative attributes: arrogant (52 per cent), overrated (45 per cent), dirty (37 per cent) and disrespected (29 per cent). Toronto was characterized as strong by 40 per cent of those surveyed.

Half of those surveyed said they do not have a most hated National Hockey League team (51 per cent), but one in five (19 per cent) named the Maple Leafs.

The Canadiens are the second most despised team at five per cent.

ghoekstra@vancouversun.com

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