The Ottawa Senators
fans were unwavering in voicing their disapproval of the Toronto Maple Leafs
involved in Thursday's 2012 Molson Canadian NHL Fantasy Player Draft.
Toronto forward Joffrey Lupul
was the assistant captain of Team Chara, helping Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara
pick the team that would go against Team Alfredsson, chosen by hometown hero Daniel Alfredsson
. He was booed lustily each time he announced a pick.
The catcalls, however, reached a crescendo when Lupul announced the selection of Toronto defenseman Dion Phaneuf
, who has played the role of a villain in the Battle of Ontario since his arrival in Toronto a couple of years ago.
But, Phaneuf had no problem with the passion of the fans.
"The fans were great," Phaneuf said. "They don't like us. It's a big rivalry. They have their opinion. We don't want to be liked by the opposition."