'I like your teams except the Leafs:' Biden slams Toronto's NHL squad in address to Parliament
Published Friday, March 24, 2023 3:31PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, March 24, 2023 3:49PM EDT
President Joe Biden says he is a fan of all of Canada’s sports teams, except for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The 46th U.S. president is currently visiting the country, and during his speech to Parliament, he took a jab at the NHL franchise.
“I have to say, I like your [sports] teams except the Leafs,” Biden said, which was met with thunderous standing ovation, as well as boos, from the parliamentary gallery.
“I’ll tell you why – they beat the Flyers back in January, that’s why. If I didn’t say that – I married a Philly girl – I’d be sleeping alone tonight fellas.”
The Philadelphia team played a home game against the Leafs on Jan. 8, where they lost to the Toronto franchise 2-6.
Biden arrived in the country with his wife, First Lady Jill Biden, on Thursday night for a 27-hour trip.
The trip marks his first as president, and Biden’s schedule is jam-packed.
Biden started his address to Parliament at 2 p.m. on Friday, making him the ninth U.S. president to deliver a speech, with the last being Barack Obama in 2016.
The president also met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – where they had “a lot to talk about” – and is expected to attend a gala dinner hosted by Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum at 6:30 p.m.
With files from CTV News' Rachel Aiello