Sports and sporting events

Canada's official sport is the Native Indian game of lacrosse. This is not however the most popular game in Canada, which is the unofficial national sport, ice hockey.

Everywhere you go in Canada you will find hockey supporters especially in and around the cities where the National Hockey League (NHL) teams are based. The Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Mapleleafs are two of the biggest teams in Canada. The NHL is made up of premier league hockey teams from both the US and Canada but there are many other Canadian leagues which play regularly.

American style football is played across Canada with teams from most of the major cities.

Baseball is also played by mainly two teams - the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League and the Montreal Expos in the National League. Other smaller leagues play across Canada and can be seen throughout the summer months.

Basketball teams in Canada are increasing in strength and some play in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Toronto Raptors and the Vancouver Grizzlies are the two biggest teams in Canada.

Football (soccer) and rugby are becoming more popular especially after the 2002 World Cup.

Ice Skating is another passion for Canada with many controversies occurring at official and international events, Canada is proud of its skating athletes.

Canadian's across the country curl and has done very well in international curling competitions recently. The number of people who curl actually out numbers the amount who play ice hockey. Leagues and teams can be found all over Canada.

Golf, skiing and many other sports are enjoyed by Canadians regularly.

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