Well, she lives in Orange County -- the Ducks "home turf". I don't know if she is such a strong hockey fan that she would feel the same way if another team had won it.
Also, I thought I read somewhere that she was seen dining with one of the guys on the team, but I couldn't swear to this.
Well isn't she FROM Anaheim? That's perfectly understandable. Doesn't have to mean she loves hockey.
I mean, I couldn't stand baseball...until the Astros got in the playoffs. Then I watched games closely with everyone else in the city. I learned quite a bit about the game in the process as well. Same with NFL football. Never watched NFL outside the Super Bowl until the Texans franchise came about (I was very young when the Oilers were still in town).
There's nothing quite like cheering on your home team...no matter what sport it is.
Actually if Sasha were a true hockey fan she would know it's called The Stanley Cup playoffs or even just playoffs (Canadians know what this term means) not hockey playoffs. It's not a golf tournament.
What's so surprising about that? Sasha's mom is from USSR, who ruled the hockey world during that time. Any self-respecting Russian speaker follows hockey to at least some extent.
Also, Sasha trained with Tatiana Tarasova, whose father is a Soviet hockey legend. I am sure some of tatiana's stories about her father must've made an impression on sasha.
Finally, what's wrong in refering to "the playoffs" when one talks about an NHL team as "hockey playoffs"? What else could the Ducks be involved in? Everybody knows (even the American fans :sheesh that only NHL teams can play for the stanley Cup.
In the first place, Stanley specifically designated that the cup would be awarded to the "best team in Canada," so how does California get into the picture?
Secondly, it is a challenge cup. That is, if you have a bunch of guys who you think can play hockey, then you challenge the team that holds the cup. If you win, you get the cup until someone comes along and takes it away from you. Giving it to the NHL champion -- where did that idea come from?
On the other hand, throwing octopuses on the ice -- now that's a cool tradition!
I always thought it was sort of strange that there were more hockey teams in the US than in Canada. I also think it's rather odd to name a hockey team the Ducks. Seriously, what do Ducks have to do with ice?
And yes before anyone says it, I know that the team is named from the Disney movie The MIghty Ducks. I was simply releasing my inner snark.