He's not a man without a county, but he is a hockey fanatic without a favourite NHL team.

At least that's what Prime Minister Stephen Harper keeps telling us.

Of course, Harper's love of hockey has been well-documented. He is a member of the Society for International Hockey Research, attends many NHL games (even if he sometimes gets in hot water), unveiled a monument in Canada's national cemetery to the father of modern hockey, appointed a Cup-winning coach to the Senate and wrote a hockey book in his spare time that will be released this November.

Last night, Harper took to Twitter to share his excitement at the start of a new NHL season.

But despite all of this, the prime minister — who grew up in Toronto, lived for a time in Edmonton and now represents Calgary — is notoriously coy about his preferred team.

In fact, a Harper spokesperson told HuffPost Canada on Wednesday the PM backs no team in particular.

"The Prime Minister cheers for all Canadian teams," wrote Carl Vallée.

And how did Vallée respond last summer when a National Post reporter asked why Harper called Calgary the "greatest city in Canada" despite reports he is an "avid Maple Leafs fan"?

"The Prime Minister cheers for all Canadian teams," Vallée told The Post.

This was evidently the same message Postmedia received during the 2011 election. While a Post story outed former Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff as a Montreal Canadiens fan, Harper's folks told the paper his favourite NHL team was... Team Canada.

Harper's current rivals, however, aren't nearly as shy.

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair is "a huge Habs fan," an NDP staffer confirmed to HuffPost via email, while Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau frequently tweets about his love of the Canadiens.

Trudeau even swore in French via a tweet after the Habs blew a lead during a playoff game last year.

But while Harper may not want to divulge his favourite team — and maybe he really doesn't have one — some serious and highly journalistic research reveals his loyalties may have shifted over the years.

Let's take a look.

Harper Admits He Was Once A Leafs Fan

The prime minister has said he grew up a Maple Leafs fan in the Toronto neighbourhood of Leaside.

His book, "A Great Game: The Forgotten Leafs & The Rise Of Professional Hockey," documents Toronto's first professional team, among others.

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And at an event honouring former Leafs and Habs coach Pat Burns in 2010 Harper said one of his fondest memories of Burns was when he led the Leafs to the Stanley Cup semifinals in 1993.

"[It] just goes to show that when it comes to the Maple Leafs organization, that a great coach can take a team a long way, but only God can do miracles," Harper joked.

A hockey book on "forgotten" Leafs? Fond memories of '93? A joke that only a Leafs fan can get away with? Case closed, right?

HARPER IS A LEAFS FAN!

Except…

When The Leafs Weren't Very Good, He Cheered For The Habs

Wait. What?

During the Canadiens' surprising playoff run in 2010, Harper said he also cheered for Montreal as a kid, according to The Toronto Star.

Harper said at the time he would have no trouble cheering for the Habs once again if they made it to the Cup finals. (They didn't).

"I have no problem cheering for the Canadiens when the time comes. I grew up as a Toronto Maple Leafs fan, which means that I only had Montreal to cheer for in the playoffs," he told reporters to laughter.

In 2009 he appointed Jacques Demers, who coached the Canadiens to a Cup in 1993, to the Senate.

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So, there we have it. Harper is a Leafs fan who will cheer for the Leafs' most hated rivals when the Leafs aren't in the playoffs but the Habs are.

Except…

His Ex-Fiancée Remembers Him As An Edmonton Oilers Fan

In a recent ebook from Postmedia's Mark Kennedy, Harper's former flame, Cynthia Williams, opened up about how the pair started dating in the early 1980s, not long after Harper moved out West.

"The pair loved to watch hockey — he was an Edmonton Oilers fan — and often went to the Calgary Zoo," Kennedy wrote.

Hmm… okay. To be fair, lots of Canadians were bewitched by the Oilers in the 1980s thanks to a guy by the name of Wayne Gretzky.

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So, Harper is a Leafs fan who sometimes cheered for the Habs and supported the Oilers when they were really, really, really good.

Except…

He Was Briefly A Big Calgary Flames Fan

2004 was an interesting year, eh? Jarome Iginla led the sixth-ranked Calgary Flames to within one win of the Stanley Cup. (Sorry, HuffPost Alberta).

But what else happened? Oh yeah! An election! Right around the same time!

And Harper, by that point a Calgary MP and leader of the new Conservative Party, sure wasn't shy about rocking team colours.

Like when he addressed members of the Tory caucus about two weeks before the writ dropped.

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Or during Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final, which happened to occur while the campaign was underway.

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A Paul Martin ad aired while he was in attendance, which had to have been awkward.

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Years later, when Iginla was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins, Harper tweeted he was an "all-time Flames great."

So, Harper is a Leafs fan who sometimes cheered for the Habs, supported the Oilers when they were good and loved the Flames during the 2004 election.

Except…

Where Did He Get That Ottawa Senators Jersey?!

Remember when the Senators went to the Cup in 2007? Well, it didn’t sit well with a lot of Leafs fans. After all, the "Battle of Ontario" rivalry between Ottawa and Toronto has blossomed into one of the best in the league.

No matter for the PM though, who was caught wearing a Sens jersey during game three of the eastern conference final in 2007.

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And when Harper visited former Afghan president Hamid Karzai just weeks later, the prime minister presented him with a baby jumper featuring the Sens logo in honour of Karzai's new son.

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Now, we know what you're thinking. Harper, as PM, was excited that a Canadian team had made it to the Cup final. No big deal.

Except...

The Oilers came within one win of capturing the Cup in 2006 and, to the best of our knowledge, Harper cheered them on but didn't sport a jersey. (Again. Sorry, HuffPost Alberta).

stephen harper oilers

The same goes for when the Vancouver Canucks came within one win of a Cup in 2011. (Sorry, HuffPost B.C.)

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So, Harper is a Leafs fan who sometimes cheered for the Habs, supported the Oilers when they were good, loved the Flames during the 2004 election, and was jazzed about the Senators' Cup run in 2007 but a little less so about the Oilers of 2006 or Canucks of 2011.

Maybe the prime minister just likes getting behind winners?

If so, maybe Team Canada should be his team after all.

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  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper celebrates a goal by the Ottawa Senators as they take on the New York Rangers during the second period of game four of first round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action at the Scotiabank Place in Ottawa on Wednesday, April 18, 2012.

  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his son Ben watch a bloopers show while attending the Calgary Flames NHL hockey game against the Edmonton Oilers in Calgary, Saturday, April 11, 2009.

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  • Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, center, and Canadian Minister of State (Sport) Bal Gosal, second left, play ball hockey with students as he visits the Bishop Cotton Boys and Girls School in Bangalore, India on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012.

  • Harper And Don Cherry

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper, centre, holds a clipboard while coaching with Don Cherry in Barrie, Ont. in this August 12, 2010 photo. First came a high-profile endorsement for the Conservative candidate Julian Fantino from Cherry, the former Boston Bruins coach. That's prompted Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Ken Dryden, a Liberal MP and six-time Stanley Cup champion with the Montreal Canadiens, to strap on the pads and publicly endorse Liberal candidate Tony Genco.

  • Harper And Conn-Smythe Trophy

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  • Conservative Leader Stephen Harper holds up the Allen Cup, the Canada's senior men hockey championship trophy, after it was handed to him at a campaign event in Brantford Ont., Friday Oct 10, 2008. Politics, not policy, has been the biggest change in five years of Harper government.

  • Harper Plays Street Hockey

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper plays street hockey with kids in Nepean, Ontario during the 2011 federal election campaign. (Conservative Party)

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    Prime Minister Stephen Harper plays street hockey with kids in Nepean, Ontario during the 2011 federal election campaign. (Conservative Party)

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    Prime Minister Stephen Harper plays street hockey with kids in Nepean, Ontario during the 2011 federal election campaign. (Conservative Party)

  • Harper Drops Puck

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    Prime Minister Stephen Harper plays street hockey with kids in Nepean, Ontario during the 2011 federal election campaign. (Conservative Party)

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    Prime Minister Stephen Harper plays street hockey with kids in Nepean, Ontario during the 2011 federal election campaign. (Conservative Party)

  • Harper Watches Hockey

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his daughter Rachel sit behind NHL commissioner Gary Bettman during the first period of the NHL All-Star game Sunday, January 29, 2012 in Ottawa.

  • Harper Watches Hockey

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  • Harper and Crosby

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  • In this photo provided by the German Government Press Office (BPA), Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (R) receives a gift of an Eisbaren Berlin ice hockey shirt from German Chancellor Angela Merkel at Lake Harrington on August 15, 2012 in Gatineau Park, near Ottawa.

  • Harper Watches Hockey

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  • Harper Watches Hockey

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  • Harper Watches Hockey

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  • Harper Watches Hockey

    VANCOUVER, BC - MARCH 13: Stephen Harper, the Prime Minister of Canada, cheers during the Ice Sledge Hockey Preliminary Round Group B Game between Canada and Italy on day two of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Paralympic Games at UBC Thunderbird Arena on March 13, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

  • Harper Watches Hockey

    Prime-Minister of Canada Stephen Harper applauds after Russia defeats Canada 5-4 in overtime during the gold medal game at the 2008 IIHF World Championships on May 18, 2008 in Quebec City, Canada. AFP PHOTO/David BOILY (Photo credit should read DAVID BOILY/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Harper Gives Karzai Jersey

    Kabul, AFGHANISTAN: Afghan President Hamid Karzai (R) receives a gift hockey suit for his four month old boy from Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (R) after a press conference at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, 22 May 2007. Karzai asked his visiting Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper and the international community not to leave their mission in his war-torn country 'half-the-way.' Harper, who arrived here for a surprise visit, vowed that his country was strongly determined in the mission involving some 2,400 Canadian troops fighting Taliban militants, mainly in the Taliban-dominated southern Afghanistan. AFP PHOTO/SHAH Marai (Photo credit should read SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Harper Watches Hockey

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  • UP NEXT: Harper's Northern Tour 2013

  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper watches two Inuit throat singers as he takes part in a community event in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut on Wednesday, August 21, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper wife Laureen, left, and Minister of Aboriginal Affairs Bernard Valcourt, right, watch Boyd Konana, 7, as he displays traditional dress during a community event in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut on Wednesday, August 21, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper thanks Inuit elder Monica Ugjuk for her prayer at the start of a meeting with artic leaders in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut on Thursday, August 22, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper shoots a .303 Lee Enfield rifle while taking part in demonstration from Canadian Rangers near the Artic community of Gjoa Haven, Nunavut on Tuesday, August 20, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper shoots a .303 Lee Enfield rifle while taking part in demonstration from Canadian Rangers near the Artic community of Gjoa Haven, Nunavut on Tuesday, August 20, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper shoots a .303 Lee Enfield rifle while taking part in demonstration from Canadian Rangers near the Artic community of Gjoa Haven, Nunavut on Tuesday, August 20, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Minister of Defence Rob Nicholson shoot .303 Lee Enfield rifle's while taking part in demonstration from Canadian Rangers near the Artic community of Gjoa Haven, Nunavut on Tuesday, August 20, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

  • Minister of Defence Rob Nicholson shoots a .303 Lee Enfield rifle's while taking part in demonstration from Canadian Rangers near the Artic community of Gjoa Haven, Nunavut on Tuesday, August 20, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper and wife Laureen enjoy a bonfire at a Canadian Rangers camp near Gjoa Haven, Nunavut on Tuesday, August 20, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper wears the Canadian Ranger sweater after he was bestowed honorary Canadian Ranger status in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut on Wednesday, August 21, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper wears the Canadian Ranger sweater after he was bestowed honorary Canadian Ranger status near Gjoa Haven, Nunavut on Wednesday, August 21, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper wears the Canadian Ranger sweater after he was bestowed honorary Canadian Ranger status near Gjoa Haven, Nunavut on Wednesday, August 21, 2013., as he stands with a group of Canadian Rangers and Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Tom Lawson, bottom left. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

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  • Can I Keep Them?

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper plays with foster kittens at 24 Sussex. May 1, 2010. Source: <a href="http://www.pm.gc.ca/eng/media_gallery.asp?media_category_id=900&media_category_typ_id=6&media_id=5512" target="_blank">Pm.gc.ca</a>