Rally be­hind the Sens, PM urges

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS OT­TAWA —

Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau says he’s set­ting aside his NHL al­le­giance to his beloved Mon­treal Cana­di­ens for now to back the Ot­tawa Se­na­tors — and urg­ing fel­low hockey fans to join him.

Many of those fans have a sim­ple mes­sage back: no thanks.

Trudeau says all Cana­di­ans can agree to get be­hind the Se­na­tors, the only Cana­dian team left in the Stan­ley Cup play­offs, when they face off Satur­day against the Pitts­burgh Pen­guins.

He says even Toronto and Mon­treal res­i­dents can agree on that.

But if the re­ac­tion on so­cial me­dia has been any in­di­ca­tion, he’s dead wrong: Maple Leafs and Cana­di­ens fans on Twit­ter are just some of those who are treat­ing the com­ments as an af­front to their col­lec­tive dig­nity.

One tweeter calls the sug­ges­tion “pre­pos­ter­ous,” while an­other sug­gests it’s Trudeau’s most con­tro­ver­sial re­mark since be­com­ing prime min­is­ter.

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