Drake isn’t the only famous Canadian whose favorite team is having a tough time as of late.
Singer Justin Bieber was in Boston, Mass., on Tuesday, alongside wife Hailey, to watch the Toronto Maple Leafs take on the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of their first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series.
Bieber, a native of Ontario, hasn’t been shy about his Maple Leafs fandom – and at least one Bruins player has taken notice.
After Boston handily defeated Toronto 5-1 in the decisive game, 22-year-old right winger David Pastrnak took to social media to troll Bieber. Pastrnak both tweeted at the singer and commented on one of his Instagram posts, pouring salt in the wound of yet another Game 7 loss for the Leafs.
Joel Ward will not kneel for the national anthem.
Ward, a right winger for the San Jose Sharks of the NHL, posted a lengthy statement to his Twitter account on Thursday after days of speculation about whether or not he may take a knee in solidarity with NFL players protesting social injustices. Ward is one of roughly 30 black players in the National Hockey League.
“As a black man, I have experienced racism both inside and outside of the sporting world,” Ward wrote. “Make no mistake that racism exists and that people of color are treated differently on a day-to-day basis.”
Stanley Cup tickets are, naturally, hard to come by — but it becomes even more difficult to acquire the coveted passes when a city is hosting its first Finals ever.
That was the case this year when the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators faced off. While Pittsburgh has already won five Stanley Cup Finals (including 2016 and, spoiler alert, 2017), Nashville made its first appearance in the championship just this year.
Predators fan Andrew Fudge obviously wanted to be there. He took to Twitter twice with the hashtag #TDPreds to get the attention of the team — and it worked!
Fudge won two tickets to Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Nashville. There was just one problem: he never checked his Twitter direct messages.
The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the San Jose Sharks Sunday night to win their first Stanley Cup since 2009, and the fourth in team history. Citizens of Pittsburgh, obviously thrilled by the victory, came out in droves for the team’s celebratory parade on Wednesday.
Officials estimate that the number of people lining the streets reached 400,000, which is impressive considering the city itself is home to just over 300,000.
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Sidney Crosby: two-time NHL MVP, 2009 Stanley Cup champion, Pittsburgh Penguins captain and… amateur model?
Looking back at Crosby’s Draft Day photoshoot, that seems to be the case. In honor of the Penguins being back in — and close to winning — the Stanley Cup Finals right now, we dug up a few throwback gems of Sid the Kid from the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
Joe Thornton has been a staple in the National Hockey League since he was drafted first overall by the Boston Bruins in 1997 — but if you somehow haven’t been keeping up with him since then, you probably wouldn’t recognize him now.
Thornton came into the league fresh-faced and starry-eyed after two years in the Ontario Hockey League. He played with the Bruins until 2005, becoming the team’s captain and a fan-favorite but never winning the Stanley Cup.