Canada’s team? Ottawa Senators adding Canadian flag decal to helmets

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The Ottawa Senators are a Canadian NHL team, but are they Canada’s team?

As a sign of patriotism, the Sens will debut Canadian flag decals on their helmets Friday in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

A sizeable percentage of fans from the Great White North tend to hop onto the bandwagon of the final remaining Canadian team in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It happened with the 2004 Flames, 2006 Oilers, 2007 Senators and this year’s edition of the Sens are starting to receive this treatment as well—the 2011 Canucks, however, were not widely embraced by Canadians.

“I think all Canadians will be rooting for the final Canadian team in the Stanley Cup playoffs,” Justin Trudeau said during a recent news conference in Brampton, Ont. “We’re all happy to support Ottawa right now. Even Torontonians and Montrealers can agree on this particular one.”

Some hockey fans agree with the Prime Minister’s sentiment.

Like Ken here…

Other maybe not so much.

A Canadian NHL team has not won the Stanley Cup since the Patrick Roy helped lead the Montreal Canadiens to a championship in 1993.