Canadian Equals Hockey Fan

"If you wanna really annoy Canadians, by the way, the best thing to do is — Whenever they say that they're into hockey, just say 'Ice hockey?' Because to them, there is no other kind of hockey and they don't know that field hockey is even a thing that adults play. That's the best way I found of annoying all of them."

Subtrope of Canada, Eh? When a person loves hockey in fiction, they almost always have a Canadian background. Sometimes in American media, hockey players are depicted as having French Canadian accents.


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  • In Wolverine: First Class Wolverine eagerly watches hockey, and he says something along the lines of "this is my obligation as a Canadian!" when he has to deal with rampaging Danger Room robots that barge into the room, interrupting him. This is an in-joke about how he's made Canadian because the writers at the time only expected him to be a bit character in an issue of The Incredible Hulk.
  • In the first issue of We Stand On Guard, the Two-Fours ask Amber who won the last Stanley Cup in 2111, to determine if she's truly Canadian or an American spy. Averted when she protests that a) she was five at the time, and b) she never really watched hockey anyway.note 

    Films - Animated 

    Live Action TV 
  • In an episode of Full House has Joey imitate a hockey player, complete with a French Canadian accent.
  • Robin from How I Met Your Mother is Canadian, so of course she's a hockey fan. When she gets drunk and turns "Super-Canadian", she puts on a Vancouver Canucks uniform.

  • Weird Al's song Canadian Idiot, a parody of every American stereotype of Canadians, begins "Don't wanna be a Canadian idiot! Don't wanna be some beer swillin' hockey nut."
  • Legendary Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip are hockey fans. Their song "Fifty Mission Cap" is about a hockey player who disappeared after a plane crash. One of their more popular shirts is designed to look like a hockey jersey.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Subverted in Doonesbury. When Mike engages in trash-talk while playing college hockey, a player on the opposing team cusses him out in French. Intimidated, Mike apologizes, saying he didn't realize the player was Canadian. The other player, as he skates away, smiles at the reader and thinks, "Actually, I'm just a French major from the Bronx."

    Video Games 
  • In Season 1 of Sam & Max: Freelance Police, when helping another character get a date with Sybil (who is suddenly queen of Canada), one of the lines needed to convince her is to suggest they go see a hockey game. Naturally, she's impressed by her suitor "showing such interest and appreciation for her culture" (despite not even being Canadian and being queen of Canada only being one of her many, many, many, many jobs).

    Web Video 
  • The Canadian Matt Santoro once joked that if a robber entered a Canadian's house, the homeowner would probably invite them to have a beer and watch the Toronto Maple Leafs game with them.
  • In Everything Wrong With Justin Bieber: Never Say Never by CinemaSins, this is the narrator's response to a photo of a young Justin Bieber in a hockey suit.
    Narrator: No way. Justin grew up in Canada and played hockey? Now this movie is just fantasyland.

    Western Animation 
  • In the Mickey Mouse episode "Bad Ear Day" a hockey announcer with a obvious Canadian accent exclaims, "Mickey Mouse wins it for the home team, eh!"
  • An episode of Spongebob Squarepants has a hockey player scream, "There's the puck, eh!"
  • South Park: In the song "Canada On Strike", there are a few shots of Canadian hockey players singing the song.
    • Also, in the episode "Stanley's Cup" Ike is put on Stan's pee wee team because "they need a Canadian".

    Real Life 
  • Even in US arenas, you can often see Canadian flags hanging from the ceiling next to the American flag.
  • When an ice-hockey pro league was first set up in Britain, it was noted that the Manchester Storm home crowd appeared to be 80% composed of every expatriate Canadian in the city. A Storm home game was like a Canadian party.
  • Truth in Television, as it's not really that much of an exaggeration. (Ironically, though, the national sport is actually lacrosse!) Hockey is really popular in Canada. The 2010 Olympic Gold Medal Game against the US (which Canada won in a 3-2 overtime thriller) set—and still holds—the record for the single most-watched television broadcast in Canada evernote . 26.5 million people (or about 80% of the population, four of every five people) tuned in to watch at least part of the game. Hockey is kind of a big deal to Canadians. For comparison, for that same game, the American broadcaster NBC reported 27.6 million viewers—so just slightly more than the Canadian numbers, in a country nearly ten times the population of Canada (about 308 million to Canada's 34 million as of 2010). In other words, in a country ten times the size of Canada, there are barely any more hockey fans. This is borne out by statistical estimates, leading to a very popular argument for more Canadian hockey teams (made by an American, no less!)