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PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2006 3:37 pm
 


PM's hockey loyalties questioned after Leafs goal
Updated Thu. Oct. 5 2006 11:46 AM ET

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Hockey fans are wondering if Prime Minister Stephen Harper unwittingly outed himself as a closet Toronto Maple Leafs fan with his reaction to the team's lone goal Wednesday night.

Harper, a hard-core hockey fan, has been careful to keep his allegiances to himself.

But that hasn't prevented hockey fans from speculating whether the Toronto-born Harper, who studied in Calgary and now lives at 24 Sussex Drive in Ottawa, has any favourites only his inner circle knows about.

When Mats Sundin scored the lone goal on a penalty shot for the Leafs in Toronto on Wednesday night, cameras trained on the prime minister caught his reaction on tape.

As the puck trickled into the net, Harper's jaw dropped. He raised his arms into the air where they stayed for a few brief seconds.

The prime minister, whose son was proudly wearing a Leafs jersey, then appeared to be looking up at one of the big-screen monitors for the replay.

But whether the look on his face was one of disbelief or spontaneous jubilation has become fodder for talk at the water cooler and among analysts wondering how his constituents would feel about his reaction.

Harper has been careful to conceal his leanings in the past. He once joked that hockey predictions could get him into more trouble than politics.

Earlier on Wednesday, when asked for a forecast as the NHL season got underway, Harper was tightlipped.

"You know I'm dead meat if I make those kind of predictions in hockey," said Harper, who must juggle support from voters in six Canadian NHL cities.

But he was less guarded about where his 10-year-old son's loyalties lay.


"I think Ben will be cheering for the Toronto Maple Leafs," Harper told The Canadian Press. "That's his team."

The prime minister, who is a member of the Society for International Hockey Research, is currently penning a book about the pre-NHL history of the game.

But he recently admitted in an off-the-cuff conversation that the demands of his day job have slowed down the project.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2006 3:40 pm
 


That shows Harper in a new light. Didn't think he had it in him. Good for him :D


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2006 7:54 pm
 


won't wear a calgary or an edmonton Jersey but cheers on Toronto.. oh well guess he can't support a winner and has to follow the loser...LOL


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2006 8:06 pm
 


Calgary and Edmonton vote for him.....Toronto doesn't. Coincidence or premeditated. :wink:


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Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his son, Ben, watch the Calgary Flames defeat the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday. (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press)

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See, even back row seats because he was too cheap to pay for front row.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2006 8:22 pm
 


Wooooooot! Okay, War in Afghanistan and the Leafs.

He's bad enough for me to like him. :lol:

I'll stop being a fucktard about him. But if he pulls anything shifty with this North American Union thing... :x


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Mr_Canada Mr_Canada:
Wooooooot! Okay, War in Afghanistan and the Leafs.

He's bad enough for me to like him. :lol:

I'll stop being a fucktard about him. But if he pulls anything shifty with this North American Union thing... :x


NO!!!! It brings some Ying to Maggiemygoshs Yang. :lol:


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canadian1971 canadian1971:
Mr_Canada Mr_Canada:
Wooooooot! Okay, War in Afghanistan and the Leafs.

He's bad enough for me to like him. :lol:

I'll stop being a fucktard about him. But if he pulls anything shifty with this North American Union thing... :x


NO!!!! It brings some Ying to Maggiemygoshs Yang. :lol:

ROTFL


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2006 5:39 pm
 


Toronto is his birth city, nothing wrong with Harper being a Leaf fan.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2006 5:41 pm
 


Well now his son is wearing a Flames jersey. Seems like it's just blatent promotion...


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ridenrain ridenrain:
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See, even back row seats because he was too cheap to pay for front row.


Better than blowing a big ol' wad of taxpayer dollars on a super-sky-box with hottub and numerous cheerleaders whilst being lathered in chocolate icing and having his bottom dipped over and over in the silkiest oils and creams.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2006 6:37 pm
 


at least he's a hockey fan.... being a leaf fan is icing on the cake


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at least he's a hockey fan....


fair enough. :wink: :lol:

$1:
being a leaf fan is icing on the cake


Gonna have to disagree with ya there... :wink:

$1:
Better than blowing a big ol' wad of taxpayer dollars on a super-sky-box with hottub and numerous cheerleaders whilst being lathered in chocolate icing and having his bottom dipped over and over in the silkiest oils and creams.


:roll:


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Arctic_Menace Arctic_Menace:
$1:
at least he's a hockey fan....


fair enough. :wink: :lol:

$1:
being a leaf fan is icing on the cake


Gonna have to disagree with ya there... :wink:

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Better than blowing a big ol' wad of taxpayer dollars on a super-sky-box with hottub and numerous cheerleaders whilst being lathered in chocolate icing and having his bottom dipped over and over in the silkiest oils and creams.


:roll:


Not a fan of Futurama?


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camerontech camerontech:
at least he's a hockey fan.... being a leaf fan is icing on the cake


Being a Leafs fan is not a plus.

Learfs fnas are like Enlish soccer fans. For the last 40 years, every year they say, "this'll be the year", only to see their team suck and screw up as usual.


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