The difference between being a hockey fan in the US and Canada

When you think of the countries that are most passionate about hockey, Canada and the USA are more than likely to come to mind. As it turns out, however, the passion these two hockey-crazy nations feel towards their beloved sport is not quite the same.

Take a look at some of the differences between hockey fans in the US and Canada and read up on what makes these hockey fanatics unique.

Americans Are Less Likely to Be Hockey Fans

Americans are more likely to be basketball, football or baseball fans while Canadians are more likely to be hockey fans.

The reason for this is simple: Canada has a long-standing tradition of playing and watching ice hockey. The United States does not have such a tradition or culture for any other sport—except maybe golfing (and even then, it's pretty limited). Hockey has been around in Canada since it was invented by cod fishermen back in the 19th century as a way to pass the time on long winter nights spent out on the frozen sea.

Canadian Players Have Higher Respect in Canada Than American Players Have in America

Canadian players have a better reputation in Canada than American players have in America.

“There's a lot more respect for Canadian hockey players here than there is for American hockey players,” says Brad Smith, a Canadian who has been living in the United States for the past decade. “It seems to be easier for them.”

Canadians Are More Likely to Bet on Hockey

If you're a Canadian, there's a good chance that you've indulged in Canadian sports betting at some point in your life. This is because Canadians are more likely to bet on hockey than Americans. In fact, it is generally said one out of every three Canadians has placed a wager on the sport at some point in their lives.

Hockey Is More Popular in Canada Because There's Really No Reason Why

It's just one of those things that just happens. Hockey is more popular in Canada because it's a Canadian sport.

It's a bit of an oddity, but hockey is one of the few sports where its popularity varies widely from country to country. It's not just that Canadians like the sport more—they love it so much that they've created their own hockey culture and traditions, which are different from other regions' fan habits.

The United States has its own baseball and football leagues, but those are professional sports (and have been for decades), whereas hockey is still largely amateur in America—the highest-tier league only began as recently as 1967, when the NHL absorbed competing leagues into itself.

This means that Americans don't have as much practice or exposure with this kind of competition compared to their northern neighbors who grew up playing shinny on frozen ponds with their friends during winter vacations at home or in school during gym class every day after school ended early due to snowstorms (I'm from Montreal).

Canadians Fans Believe They Can Play the Game Too

Canadians are passionate about hockey. They love the game, and they'll do whatever it takes to watch their favorite teams. But there's a difference between the way Canadians love the sport, and how Americans love the sport (or don't).

In Canada: Hockey is a religion. In America: It's an expensive hobby that people enjoy on occasion if they can afford it.

Canadians respect their team players as celebrities; in fact, they idolize them! And when your favorite player scores a goal or makes a save that helps his team win, you're not only proud of him—you feel like he's part of your family!

Americans aren't quite so enthusiastic about their local hockey teams; many have never even heard of some of them! The NHL doesn't get nearly as much attention in America as it does in Canada—and this means that American hockey fans tend to be more reserved than their Canadian counterparts when cheering for their favorite players at home games or watching them on TV (if they even watch sports at all).

Hockey Makes Up a Bigger Part of the Canadian Lifestyle Than It Does the American Lifestyle

Hockey is a big part of Canadian culture. It's not just that we love it, but hockey makes up a bigger part of our country than it does in the United States.

In Canada, hockey is woven into the fabric of our heritage, identity, and entertainment. It's everywhere—in every town and city across this country; on every pond, lake or river; inside rinks from coast to coast; in fields and arenas where people play pickup games in their spare time. Hockey has been around for more than 100 years—but it wasn't always like this!

Canadians Are a Bit More Reserved, but When It Comes to Hockey, All Bets Are Off

If you're a fan of hockey, Canadians are going to make you feel right at home. In fact, if you go to Canada during the playoffs and happen upon a game between two Canadian teams (even if it's not in your area), it's likely that one or more Canadians will invite you over for some poutine and beer.

The difference between being a sports fan in the US and Canada can be summed up like this: Canadians are just as passionate about their sports as Americans are, but they don't have quite the same attitude about it. They don't always have time to watch every single game or keep up with every stat—but when it comes down to it? They want their team to win just as badly as Americans do theirs.

Aarif Kapur
Aarif Kapur
Aarif Kapur is a guy who is 25 years old and likes to try new things. He has been writing for michigansportszone.com for a long time. His main goal is to give accurate information to users.

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