“It’s just a national pride thing,” Trish Stratus said. “Hockey is Canada’s game. To bring the Cup home to Canada is where we feel it rightfully belongs.”
Stratus, born and bred in Toronto and a fan of the city’s Maple Leafs, was rooting for the Leafs. Like many (or most) Canadians, she jumped on the Flames’ bandwagon once her team was eliminated from the playoffs. “But as a Canadian I’m allowed to,” she said.
Plus, the entire country is something of a melting pot, Stratus said. “That’s what we pride ourselves on … being one,” she said, adding, “I always say I have a hometown that’s a country because everywhere I go, I always get a hometown reception.”
“Calgary hadn’t even made the playoffs” in previous years, Stratus said. “It’s small-market team making it big … It shows a lot of determination on the part of the players.”
“I made this joke the other day,” Stratus said. “I said the only way Chris Jericho and I would ever make up again is if he offered me a ticket to the Stanley Cup finals."
by phil speer