December 15, 2011
What's With The Sedin Hate?
I don't understand it.
I understand that Alex Burrows and Maxim Lapierre have earned reputation as dastardly villains. I understand that Ryan Kesler and Roberto Luongo come across as arrogant, and that that attitude seems to define this team. I have even come to comprehend that the Canucks are the most hated team in all hockey.
But I can not for the life of me understand why there is so much dislike of the Sedin twins.
David Bolland of the Chicago Blackhawks immaturely called them "the sisters" again. Hey, at least Mike Milbury was far more original with his "Thelma and Louise" comment in last year's playoffs. Bolland went on to call them ugly and wondered if they sleep in bunk beds. And the rest of the hockey world laughs and laughs. Except maybe for Sean Avery whose own stupid comments got him suspended and in some sort of rehab while Bolland gets nothing.
I do not know if I have ever seen such disrespect for other superstars. The Sedins are NHL scoring champions, league MVPs, annual all-stars and Olympic gold medal champions. They captained a Canadian team to within one victory of the Stanley Cup. They have done so - and continue to do so - by playing the game with a sophisticated and intellectual beauty that is as rare as it is beautiful to watch. They are every bit as classy off the ice as they are on, embracing their adopted home. In their spare time they donate millions of dollars and their valuable time to children's charities here in Canada.
What is there to hate about them?
Ultimately it seems the rest of the hockey world wants to see the Sedins fail. Why? Because they are so good. The jealousy factor is huge here. So is the xenophobic component. They are not Canadian. If they were they would have replaced the Queen on the back of a commemorative toonie by now.
There has always been a North American bias among NHL fans. And that in itself is almost as stupid as Bolland's comments.