Ducks more Canadian than Sens

TERRY JONES

, Last Updated: 7:36 AM ET

ANAHEIM -- Not so fast about this business of the Ottawa Senators being Canada's Team.

"All of Stewart Valley, Saskatchewan, is going to be cheering for me," says Travis Moen of the Anaheim Ducks. "All 75 of 'em!"

And he says most of Speedy Creek will be cheering for him, too. Stewart Valley is only a few kilometres from Swift Current as the place is known by its straight name outside the province.

FROM SASKATCHEWAN

As is the case with just about every NHLer to come out of Saskatchewan, there's a "Home Of" sign with Travis Moen's name on it entering the village of Stewart Valley.

"It's a little sign," he said. "I go home there in the summer. I've had lots of phone calls."

Dustin Penner figures you can add 10,000 more from Winkler, Man.

"I'd like to think so. I know people there care," he said of his hometown about an hour south of Winnipeg.

"It's sort of a surreal feeling for me to be in the Stanley Cup final in my first year.

"I keep looking at Teemu Selanne, who has been in the league for 15 years and I'm in my first," he said of the Winnipeg Jets star when he started skating.

That said, Penner would like to bring the Cup to Winkler for a day to find out what that feels like sooner rather than later. Maybe Selanne and coach Randy Carlyle, a former Jet and Manitoba Moose coach could take it to Winnipeg the next day.

The Stanley Cup would be making a cross-Canada tour of players hometowns if the Ducks won and Penner said he thinks the Ducks should be Canada's team.

"We have 19 and they have 12," he said.

Some of those Ducks are Black Aces but the Ducks have no less than 14 on the ice in any given game.

Andy McDonald is from Strathroy, Ont., outside of London. He says there's no way you can put him down for all 16,000 residents of his hometown, but he's got to be good for quite a few of them

"I have a lot of friends and family," he laughs.

McDonald says it's great that a team with so many Canadians. "Hockey is religion up in Canada. They live and breathe it. I know we're all going to enjoy being in a series with a Canadian team and having so many Canadians on our team to experience it."

Ryan Getzlaf is from Regina and says the Ducks should get strong support from Saskatchewan. Plus put him down for more from Calgary where he played for the Hitmen.

"Three for sure in Calgary. I boarded four years with Scott and Ranell Lorencz and their son Christian is my godson."

Corey Perry is from Peterborough, Ont., which is roughly halfway between Toronto and Ottawa.

"I don't know who they'll be cheering for," he said of the Leafs fans who hate Ottawa and Senators fans.

"Mike Fisher is from Peterborough and he plays for the Senators so that's a push."

Maybe London, Ont., where he played for the Knights will swing it.

"Well, Chris Kelly of the Senators played for the Knights, so ..."

25,000 MORE

Francois Beauchemin says you can add 25,000 more from Sorel, Que., though.

"They'll be cheering for the Ducks just because I'm from there," he said.

"The last guy we had from there in the Stanley Cup final was Pierre Mondou in the '70s.''

J.S. Giguere says don't put him down for more than a few dozen.

"Montreal will be cheering for the Senators but I'm hoping some of my relatives will be cheering for me," laughs the goalie.

Then there's Cranbrook, B.C., home of the Neidermayer brothers, Scott and Rob.

"I'm sure plenty of people from there are cheering for us. But our next door neighbour cheered for Vancouver in the last series. That didn't go over all that well," said Scott.

Oh, yes. There's another Duck. Sean O'Donnell. He's from Ottawa. But that's a whole 'nother story.


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