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Kane says Canadian hockey fans are louder than Americans in playoffs

Published May 3, 2024 at 2:58 PM

Hockey playoffs in Canada not only captivate the entire nation but also ignite an unparalleled fervor in Canadian cities, a phenomenon that truly comes alive in Edmonton, as highlighted by Evander Kane during his appearance on the Pat McAfee show. Kane, whose energy and candidness added depth to the discussion, emphatically described the electric atmosphere Canadian fans create, particularly in Edmonton, dwarfing even the most spirited arenas he's experienced elsewhere.

"Whatever atmosphere you think you've been in that's incredible, crazy, and special - it's going to get trumped all day long if you come up here to Edmonton." -Evander Kane

In response, McAfee offered a perspective that American crowds, such as those at a Pittsburgh Penguins Cup Final game, match the intensity of Canadian ones. Yet, Kane, having been a spectator at the 2009 Cup Final in Pittsburgh, contrasted it sharply with the vibrant scenes in Edmonton, stating that the Canadian experience was significantly more overwhelming, leaving even the outspoken McAfee momentarily at a loss for words.

This intense national passion is attributed to hockey's deep-seated role within Canadian culture—more than just a sport, it is a generational legacy, particularly in cities where it stands as the sole major sports focus.

Kane also took this opportunity to shine a spotlight on his teammate, Connor McDavid, praising him to the American audience as possibly one of the greatest hockey players of all time.

"Theres nobody that really has that has that speed, and then the quickness with his hands that go together simultaneously. Then obviously he can think at that speed as well. So when you put it all together, you pretty much have a player that I don't think anyone's ever seen before, so it's pretty special." -Evander Kane

The Edmonton Oilers, further buoyed by their fervent fanbase, showcased their dominance in a swift five-game series against the Kings in the first round. The additional downtime is particularly beneficial for Kane, who is currently tending to a nagging injury.

As the Oilers await their next challengers—either Vancouver or Nashville—they are poised to harness their home crowd's energy and delve into the subsequent battles of the playoffs. This communal spirit and the anticipation of continuing playoff success not only reflect the intensity of the sport but also underscore its significance as an enduring part of Canadian heritage.
May 3   |   343 answers
Kane says Canadian hockey fans are louder than Americans in playoffs

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