Hyman takes a shot at Toronto Maple Leafs fans after clinching Cup Final

Liam McCormick
June 3, 2024  (8:55)

Zach Hyman speaking to media
Photo credit: Edmonton Oilers Raw

Since coming over from the Leafs in free agency, Zach Hyman has been so much more than expected for the Edmonton Oilers.

When asked if he's feeling like the Oilers are Canada's team in the playoffs, Hyman accepted the honour, but noted that Leafs fans are probably still bitter.
»I don't know if Toronto's cheering for us, but it's nice to hear Ottawa is. Listen, hockey means so much to Canada and to Canadians. It's been a long time since a Canadian team has won the Cup. It would mean a lot to Canadians, whether they're Oilers fans or not, I'm sure.»
- Zach Hyman

While the Oilers are the NHL team with the most Canadians on the roster and the only Canadian team left in the playoffs, it's probably too much to ask some other rival fans to cheer for the Oilers. Leafs fans are bitter about their failures and letting go of Zach Hyman, but it's also impossible to imagine a Canucks or Flames fan cheering for the Oilers this Cup Final. At the end of the day, the team just needs Oil Country to be the ones behind them.
Zach Hyman has been an instrumental reason the Oilers turned their season around and are now having incredible success in the playoffs. He's leading the NHL playoffs in goals with 14 in only 18 games, and has been one of the best complimentary finishers in hockey this season. Never leaving McDavid's wing, Hyman's 54 goal season was one of the best storylines for the Oilers all year.
Now having clinched the Stanley Cup Final berth for the first time in this Oilers era, all focus is on the next opponent - not any of the outside noise from other Canadian cities. The Oilers feel like a team on a mission, and they will not be denied the Stanley Cup this year. The confidence of the team has felt next-level this year, and now they just need to execute on the biggest stage possible.
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Hyman takes a shot at Toronto Maple Leafs fans after clinching Cup Final

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