With 82 games you can afford to miss a few here and there. I am a very passionate fan of my two teams, and can honestly say I have missed a couple games throughout the regular season.
And of course, the die hard fans surface with about 5 games left in the regular season, or in this year's case, when Vancouver locked up the President's trophy. It isn't just Canucks' fans though, there was a large increase in 'fans' of Tampa Bay all over the internet too. Last year it was Chicago/Philly/Montreal, and the two years before that there were a lot of Pittsburgh and Detroit fans popping up from no where.
Mike Wilbon said this on Twitter;
" Nothing worse than people who just wander from sport to sport rooting for whoever is in first place...most insecure thing in the world!"
Honestly, I agree. Now admitedly, PTI is more of a Basketball/Football based show. They have minimal coverage of the NHL, but this particular quote applies to all sports. This year it is the Miami Heat. How couldn't you like a team with two superstars who sold out to form a 'dream team', right? Pffft.
It's the Canucks, Heat, and Yankees of the world that will always have huge fanbases. But in reality, they don't have many more fans than any other team.
If you want to see true passion, take a look at a team like the Maple Leafs. Personally, I can't stand them. But their fanbase is loyal, however dillusional. That is something I can respect.
I have about 3 friends on Facebook who have been cheering for the Canucks for years. Now all of sudden in the past month or so, that number has climbed to 100. Seriously, there are dozens of status' after every game saying thing like 'GO NUCKS <3", and sht like that. Bandwagoners, you aren't fooling anyone.