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Latest numbers prove the Edmonton Oilers aren't 'Canada's team'


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Josh Tupper
June 16, 2024  (5:35 PM)
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According to recent data, even though the Edmonton Oilers are in the Stanley Cup final, Canadians don't seem to be all that interested in the playoffs.

You would have assumed that TV ratings in Canada would be through the roof given that the Edmonton Oilers and Florida Panthers are playing for the Stanley Cup this year. There is still hope for the lone Canadian club to return with the Stanley Cup to Canada. But it appears that a sizable segment of Canadians don't genuinely give a damn.
The Globe and Mail claims that when compared to their US counterpart, Canada's finals viewership is not where it ought to be. Something unexpected given how close the Canadian team is to winning the Stanley Cup.
The few ratings numbers that have been released haven't been great. They're up in Canada, but not up in a way that suggests the Oilers have captivated any non-sports obsessives. According to the NHL, seven million people across North America watched Game 1.

Although numbers are up in Canada, the Globe and Mail suggests that they're not astronomically high—in fact, 58% of Canadians haven't seen a Stanley Cup final game. You would assume that the Oilers could increase their attendance in Canada, especially with the world's top player in Connor McDavid, but that isn't the case.
I believe it's safe to say that Canadians no longer care about hockey in the same manner that they once did, regardless of the cause of the low viewership.
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Latest numbers prove the Edmonton Oilers aren't 'Canada's team'

Do you think Canadians don't care about the Stanley Cup final, or they just don't care about the Oilers?

They don't care about the finals136.5 %
They don't care about the Oilers10954.8 %
They don't care if their team is not in it5829.1 %
Hockey in Canada is failing199.5 %
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