- As sports returned in force in 2021, many Canadian athletes led Twitter conversations fueled by triumphs, surprises, and setbacks.
- The hockey world saw a Canadian representative in the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since the Vancouver Canucks lost to the Boston Bruins in 2011.
- The Montreal Canadiens faced off against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Although they did not win Lord Stanley’s Cup, the Canadiens finished 2021 as the Canadian NHL team with the most account mentions for the first time, outnumbering their archrivals, the Toronto Maple Leafs. The latter lost to the Habs in a seven-game thriller in the first round. #GoHabsGo was also the most popular sports hashtag on Twitter among Canadian sports fans this year.
Tennis sensation Leylah Fernandez (@LeylahFernandez) took over the 2021 U.S. Open with a fairy-tale run to the Grand Slam final.
Fernandez defeated four world-ranked players, including Naomi Osaka, Elina Svitolina, and Aryna Sabalenka.
Unfortunately, like the Canadiens, Fernandez fell just short of the championship, but she ended 2021 with the most Twitter account mentions among Canadian women athletes for her efforts. During her U.S. Open run, Fernandez received more tweets from Canadians than any NFL player during the season’s first weekend.
The Canadian women dominated the podium at the Tokyo Olympics. Penny Oleksiak (@OleksiakPenny) and Maggie Mac Neil (@mags swims26) led the way, each earning an individual medal and contributing to a silver and bronze in the 4×100 meter freestyle and 4×100 meter medley relays, respectively.
Moving on to the Olympic soccer field, the Canadian women’s team (@CANWNT) topped the podium after defeating Sweden in penalty kicks. In terms of conversation volume, Julia Grosso’s (@GrossoJulia) gold-medal kick was the most significant Canadian Twitter moment of #Tokyo2020.
Athletes – Men
- Jamal Murray- basketball
- Chase Claypool- football
- Alphonso Davies- soccer
- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander- basketball
- Connor McDavid- hockey
Athletes – Women
- Leylah Fernandez- tennis
- Bianca Andreescu- tennis
- Penny Oleksiak- swimming
- Janine Beckie- soccer
- Christine Sinclair- soccer
- Toronto Raptors
- Montréal Canadiens
- Toronto Blue Jays
- Toronto Maple Leafs
- Edmonton Oilers