Sochi is eleven hours ahead of Calgary so the men's game would be broadcast at 5 am Sunday. Our premier announced Friday afternoon that Calgary bars would be allowed to open and serve liquor that morning. Bars immediately started making plans to broadcast the game & I jumped on board, booking a table for all our friends at National on 10th.
Most of our friends spent Saturday night playing board games until an hour before puck drop. N and I decided to catch some much needed sleep before heading downtown for the game. We set an alarm for 4:15 am & joined everyone at National Bowl around 4:45 am. I used to drive downtown at that time three times a week for swim practice, but I've never seen so many cars on the road at that hour. Like I said, hockey's our thing up here.
And what a game. It was some great hockey! Despite the early hour, the energy in the bar pretty incredible. & infectious! Between dance parties at intermission & bursting into the National Anthem for the final 10 seconds, we were a rowdy bunch. It was an exciting event to witness.
There were some exceptions to the energy in the room...
After the game, we all toddled home for a well-deserved nap. It may have been a very early morning (or late night), but I'm so glad we all got together to watch the Canadian men bring home the gold!