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Canadians warming to Ottawa Senators as 'Canada's Team,' poll suggests

A new poll suggests most Canadians still see the Toronto Maple Leafs as the hockey team that most represents the country.

Among the nearly one-quarter of Canadians who, when asked, said they are avid hockey fans, 27 per cent picked the Leafs as Canada's team in a Decima poll conducted last weekend.

However, a close 26 per cent of those polled chose the Ottawa Senators as Canada's representative team, while another 23 per cent picked the Montreal Canadiens - all within the poll's margin of error.

Overall, 24 per cent of the just over 1,000 people polled between May 17 and 20 named the Leafs as Canada's team, while 22 per cent picked the Canadiens and just 15 per cent chose the Sens.

The poll is considered accurate to within 3.1 percentage points, 19 times in 20.

The best-of-seven Stanley Cup final begins Monday night against the Anaheim Ducks.

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