ARE CANADIENS HOCKEY FANS THE WORST IN THE N.H.L?

Gentlemen’s Quarterly magazine has named Canadiens fans as the worst in the National Hockey League and the 11th worst in professional sports. Here is an example of the piece: “In 2003, team veteran Patrice Brisbois was heckled almost every time he touched the puck; the jeering was so intense it likely induced a stress-related irregular heart beat. How did then GM Bob Gainey feel about his bloodthirsty fan base? ‘I think they’re abunch of gutless bastards, to be honest,’ he said.

The Habs were the only club to crack the top 15 of “the meanest fans in America.”

Are Canadiens hockey fans the worst in the NHL?

What do you think?

13 Comments »

  1. 1
    Vin Smith Says:

    …I won’t directly address the quality of Cannadiens fans. I will say that the NHL, as a brand of sport (as opposed, to say, a different brand of the same sport, Olympic hockey) is the third best sport (fourth if you consider Olympic hockey; fifth, if you throw in college hockey) that is generally associated with the wonderful country of Canada. The first two are: Lacrosse and curling. I love curling, by the way. It is fascinating. Always thought I’d be a good sweeper. But I digress…

    Play ice hockey the way it is played in the Olympics, or on college campuses, and you have a superb sport. Something we could all be proud of.

    The U. S. also has some of that kind of stuff–sports that have devolved into crass undertakings (above and beyond our N. H. L. teams). Extreme fighting (or mixed martial arts) is one; the joke that is professional wrestling is another.

    If the N. H. L. would clean up their act, it might be a different story. But as I inferred in another post some time back, if they did that, it would destroy the fan base.

    Don’t get me wrong. If you can sell out arenas with mixed martial arts and N. H. L. hockey (very little difference between the two) then it is a legitimate activity to rally a business around. Fans ought to get what they pay for.

    As an example, If a sizable portion of the ticket buying public wanted to pay for Extreme Violence Seance (EVS), a league that I would support, then so be it. Think of it: A medium makes a really bad call (“Uncle Louie wouldn’t have said that! You’re a fraud, Madam Lageesa!”) and the audience jumps the pitiable psychic. Wow! That could be exciting. At least equal to mixed martial arts when an opponent is dropped to the canvas and then gets his head bashed in with repeated head blows while down.

    Give the customer what he/she wants. Just don’t try to give me N. H. L. hockey.

  2. 2
    Neil McKenty Says:

    When I was curling I was a darn good sweeper but I wans’t much good at the rest of the game.

  3. 3
    Luigi van der Pappen Says:

    I think we should sweep away the NHL set-up with these bogus teams in southern places where hockey is rather unlikely. If we look at the FA, the Football Association in the UK, there every team in the country is part of the league, from Manchester United down to your local pub team and all of them could make it to the big league. Teams can be knocked out of the premier league. This is the opposite to the boring setup where there are limited franchises – which suits big capital. I mean wouldn’t it be interesting if the Montreal Maroons could kick out the bloated Habs? Anyways shouldn’t the NHL be the National Hockey League, ie Canadian Hockey League. Might help with our divisional issues.

  4. 4
    Luigi van der Pappen Says:

    Never mind Ken Dryden, Bob Gainey for prime minister!

  5. 5
    Neil McKenty Says:

    And Jean Beliveau for Governor-General.!

  6. 6
    Jo Says:

    What the hell you guys are talking about? Did you ever went to see a habs game? We love our national game(hochey of course)Yes we are loud and sometimes haters for certain player…but hey…when you spend crazy money to see one game there is no reason we gona sit there and just be silence all night…are you kidding me we are not the Sens…everytime i went to see a hockey game in Ottawa,people are more Habs fan then Sens fan…and by the way the Sens fans are so quiet,you can hear a fly in the Scotiabank place!! Just for the record the crowd is the 6 man on the ice…sorry if we love our sport for more then 100 years now…and if people are to scare to skate on the Bell centre ice becose they think the fans will booo them…maby they should try a new sport or be a man and play hockey for your big million dollar paychecks…stop crying people this is calling a big fan base in Montreal HUUUuuHHHHH!!!!!!

  7. 7
    bob Says:

    hi
    I am a life long habs fan. there is a small group that
    come to games , they are similar to soccer hooligans.
    young drunk full of beans. I have always asked if they could
    be polite and to a person they are. Have to ask though.
    As for booing anthems and things, thats more about
    our flag being upside down etc etc. Habs fans are without
    a doubt pushy about us wanting a cup now! I am not used to gaps
    between cups, other than booing chara ,chanting for price,
    cheering for pk, I dont recall any bad fans at all. I have seen
    similar folks at the laffs games, rangers games and the like.
    As for curling guy that posted, Curling fans are either asleep
    or faking it. Its like watching paint dry.
    sincerely
    bob.

  8. 8

    Back in the day, Frank Mahovelich committed the unforgivable act of being an anglo star on the Canadiens. He once gave up the puck in the Canadiens’ section of the ice during a playoff game, resulting in the opposition scoring and winning the game. The poor bastard was never forgiven and boo’ed every single time he touched the puck for the remainder of the series, with reprieve only when he himself scored a goal (and not, mind you, if he assisted on a goal as his name would be boo’ed during the goal’s mention by the P.A. announcer). Canadiens fans were, back then, merciless. If they are anything like that now, they are the worst.

  9. 9
    Stephane Says:

    I’m from Montreal and I would have to agree with this. I never liked the way people treat the athletes here (Brisebois is the best example). And add that to the fact that there are riots in Montreal every time the Canadiens win the Stanley Cup (pretty rare these days though)… or are eliminated from the playoffs (that is when they make the playoffs, so every other year basically).

    When I was a kid I so ashamed of that attitude that I became a Nordiques fan..

    Of course it’s not everyone.. and you can probably find dumb fans like that everywhere.. but the proportion seems to be higher in Montreal.

  10. 10
    terry quinn Says:

    If habs fans only realized how bad they are. Most French Canadian stars refuse to come to the Habs during free agency due to the pressures from fans. We won’t win another stanley cup in this league due to that one issue.

  11. 11
    GARY Says:

    Yes we do agree that the canadiens have whimped out just like whiners do. They need to all enter into the ballerina sport, i’m pretty sure they will be accepted because of their refrences they have regarding whimpiness, in fact some girls just might beat them in the try outs for the ballerinas. hey by the way, the mounted police need to put skirts on, you know just to stay in suit with their real tufffffff hockey team.
    RCMP

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