Supporters of the Niagara IceDogs and the Mississauga St. Mike's Majors seem to agree on one thing: they're no fans of Michael Ignatieff.

The Liberal leader was booed during Saturday's Ontario Hockey League playoff game between the teams.

Ignatieff was sitting in a box seat at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ont., with the city's mayor, Hazel McCallion, and St. Catharines Mayor Brian McMullen.

During a break in the game, Ignatieff was introduced over the public-address system and his image shown on the big screen.

The crowd booed the Liberal chief as he smiled and waved.

Ignatieff was a good sport and shook hands with hockey fans in the crowd afterwards.

However, Ignatieff downplayed the incident when asked about it during a campaign appearance on Sunday.

"Let's get the context right: we're in the middle of the third period in a closely contested game ... and some darn politician pops his head up on the JumboTron — I'd boo. It's Saturday night. They want to watch hockey," Ignatieff said.

"I was invited by [Mississauga Mayor] Hazel McCallion and the mayor of St. Catharines, I was delighted to show up, I spent most of my time taking pictures with people because they were happy to see me. But it was a great game, it was hockey at its best and I was delighted to be there."