Ouch. President Joe Biden says he likes all Canadian teams, 'except the Leafs'
President Joe Biden isn't a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
During his first presidential trip to Canada, Biden addressed the Canadian Parliament and said he's holding a grudge against one of the country's National Hockey League teams.
"I have to say, I like your (sports) teams," Biden said Friday, "except the Leafs."
Biden said he doesn't like the Maple Leafs because they beat the Philadelphia Flyers – First Lady Jill Biden's beloved team – in a 6-2 contest back in January. Toronto has had Philadelphia's number all season long, winning all three of the teams' meetings.
"If I didn’t say that – I married a Philly girl – I’d be sleeping alone tonight fellas," Biden added to wild applause from the parliamentary gallery.
So much for brotherly love.
“I like your [hockey] teams, except the Leafs.”
U.S. President Joe Biden: not a Maple Leafs guy. 😂 pic.twitter.com/QpAZHkGSYX
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Biden’s remarks, which follow a long tradition of U.S. presidents who have addressed the Parliament during visits to Canada, came after he met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Based on Biden's logic, he shouldn't like a number of NHL teams. The Flyers are 27-32-12 entering Friday with less than a dozen games remaining in the season. Philadelphia plays the Detroit Red Wings next on Saturday. Toronto, meanwhile, is 43-19-9 and faces the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.
Biden, the Scranton, Pennsylvania native, is a huge sports fan and roots for the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles. The Bidens attended the Eagles' Super Bowl 52 win over the New England Patriots in 2018.
Contributing: Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY
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