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Stanley Cup: Canadian Teams and Toronto Raptors

stanley cup: But experts say this adjustment in sports loyalty isn't just thanks to the Raptors impressive performance this season, according to CTV. Some of it comes down to our country's changing demographics. With no Canadian teams to cheer for in the Stanley Cup Final, and the Toronto Raptors making an impressive push for their first-ever NBA championship title, our collective national attention has shifted from the ice to the hardwood. For example, the most recent census reported visible minority groups represent more than 20 per cent of the population. Vinu Selvaratnam, a sports researcher at the University of Waterloo, says that not only is basketball a more global game than hockey and therefore more familiar to new Canadians the diversity of the Raptors roster itself is inspiring new Canadians to jump on the bandwagon. In Toronto, that statistic is even higher, with 51.5 per cent of residents identifying as visible minorities. ( As reported in the news.