GO CANADA

What a great game last night. To be out and able to watch it live on TV with a bunch of other Canadians was pretty exciting. It was certainly edge of your seat action. Both sides played hard and Canada dumped it in first in the first period. Sweden fought back, but Price (the Canadian Goalie) had cat-like reflexes and deflected, blocked and saved. Canada scored again in the second period and then the third. There were a lot of close calls too where it just hit the post. Sweden fought harder and the last minutes seemed like it rarely came out of the Canadian end, but Canada held on.

Being in a restaurant in Shanghai we could almost imagine we were back home. Red hockey jerseys and Olympic gear was worn by 90% of the patrons. The game started and everyone was glued to the set. The place is covered in flat screen TVs and many of them had the local Chinese channel on. A few TVs had a live feed from another English-speaking country, so we could hear the commentary. It was no Hockey Night in Canada, but would do. It was funny since the games didn’t sync up and on 2 occasions the bar cheered and some of us were left wondering what??? Then 10 seconds later we saw the Canadian goal. A few people hushed the crowd and said “Don’t spoil it!”, but it just added to the excitement and energy in the room.

It was an amazing game. I was always waiting for Sweden to score…. but they didn’t. Canada had a lot of shots and misses, but got it in an incredible 3 times. In the last minute and half of the game our table started to sing Oh Canada. This was our game, and we were winning and we were proud. Our poor Aussie colleague I am sure isn’t sure what to make of all this. Soon everyone was singing along at the top of their lungs. What a moment. Didn’t matter if you were a singer or not -you joined in and sang loud. If you closed your eyes we could have been in any bar back home, but we all came together and cheered on our home country here in Shanghai. What a memory….

Great game men!

GO CANADA!!!!

CAN-A-DA  CAN-A-DA    CAN-A-DA

Did you watch the game???

I have photos from last night, but I am running off to work now. I will add pictures later, so check back tomorrow.

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17 thoughts on “GO CANADA

  1. thanks a lot, Team USA … now we gotta keep Bieber!!!

  2. Congratulations!!!

    • All I did was cheer and sing Oh Canada…. loud and poorly 😀

      • I cheered for Canada! 10 Gold Medal!!! I love winter Olympics 🙂

        • Me too ! The women did really well this year too. It was a great Olympics. Not our best, but still I think they should be proud of the results. Then there were things off the course and ice that made Canada proud too… like the skater to give up his spot to a fellow team mate. Then another story where a coach went to the rescue of a Russian skiier who had a broken cross country ski. It was nice to show kids it isn’t always about the winning, but just being kind too means a lot.
          Thanks for your cheers 🙂
          GO CANADA!

  3. Congrats for the gold!

  4. The hockey games were some wonderful highlights of the year, altho the US didn’t quite give us the thrill that Canada gave you! What fun to do the ex-pat group watch!!!

    • I was missing all the live games and events since we don’t have local TV. One of the teachers found it would be played at a restaurant not far from us. The owner is Canadian 😉 A lot of others had the same idea and a sea of red and white nealry filled the place. Some local Chinese and other nationalities were there just for the food. I am sure the locals were surprised at seeing so many dressed ‘alike’ and wondering what was up. A guy from the US (I think) came over and asked what was going on. He had NO idea it was the Olympics and the Gold medal. I guess easy to miss here. By the third period we won him over and he was cheering too 😉 We met some people we may not have otherwise and the energy in the room made it feel like home for a few minutes.

  5. We were fortunate we were in Canada and watching Canadian feeds! The final hockey game started here in Alberta at 5 AM, and a few of our family members were at the local watering holes sharing the excitement. We stayed home (comfy in our PJ’s) and cheered!

    • The game was exciting no matter where you were, or how you were dressed to cheer on the home team 😉
      We were lucky it was an early morning game. The other games were on 1AM local time. That would have been tough since I have to be up at 5:30 AM for work. The feed wasn’t great, but we were glad that we got to see it.
      Thanks for the visit and …..
      GO CANADA!

  6. Freda Goulet

    Local bars were open here in Ontario too…not sure how many ventured out in the cold early morning…I know I didn’t. Now, if it were a NFL game….

    • Well I wouldn’t venture too far for the NHL, but Gold Medal Olympics… well that is different. I was up late on a school night and had to make the exception. Just glad it wasn’t on at 1AM like many of the other games were.
      If I was in Canada I may have stayed home in my PJs and watched though 😉

  7. Now I need to watch the replay. The way you describe the game got me cheering, ” Go Canada!” I’m happy for you and all the Canadians out there. That is indeed a one unforgettable event. Congratulations!

    • It was unique and one day to recall watching a final gold hockey game in China… amazing memory 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by and cheering.
      GO CANADA!

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