Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Good Old Hockey Game

Went to the men's quarter final Olympic hockey game last night featuring Sweden vs Slovakia. I wasn't thrilled about the prospect initially, since hockey's really not my thing (OMG, don't tell anyone!), but we started out the night at La Terrazza, a fancy Italian place downtown that my dad loves. The food is amazing, and I actually set a scene from Relentless there.

Had an awesome meal with great company, and as we left Wayne Gretzky (yeah, The Great One himself) walked in. My husband's eyes just about popped out of his head, and then Chad Kroeger (lead singer of Nickelback) came in. There were all sorts of hockey legends in the place last night, and hubby grinned like a little kid all night.

The atmosphere downtown was really cool, because a lot of the core is closed to traffic and there are tons of people walking around. 'Course it might have had something to do with the fact the Canadian men's team trounced Russia to move onto the next round as we were eating dinner :) There were a lot of happy Canada fans out last night, and once again the patriotic fever sweeping the city was neat to see. At every corner, blue jacketed volunteers (lovingly nicknamed Smurfs) were there to guide the crowds, offering a smile and a helping hand. Where the heck are they during the rest of the year? It was so nice to see so many smiling, happy people out.

And we topped all this off by watching the game from a private box suite, complete with all the food and bevvies we could have wanted. The crowd was friendly, hubby thought he'd died and gone to heaven, and I have to admit I wouldn't mind seeing another hockey game that way :) All in all, a great evening and I'm glad I got the chance to experience it.

And now, because I couldn't resist, here's a clip from an old beer commercial that was really popular a few years back. Go Canada!!!


Jana Richards said...

Kaylea, how lucky you are to be in the thick of the excitement in Vancouver! And box seats for the hockey game? Wow, how cool is that? No wonder your hubby was grinning from ear to ear. I have to admit I'm not a huge hockey fan either (I won't tell if you won't tell - we could get drummed out of the country) but when the Olympic gold is on the line I suddenly become a fan. As I write this on Saturday morning, the Canadians have beaten the Czechs Friday night in what turned out to be a squeaker in the end. Sunday they go for gold against the Americans. Go Canada!

P.S. I love that old beer commercial! How ironic is it that the most patriotic thing we do involves beer?

Jana, in sunny Winnipeg

Kaylea Cross said...

Hey, Jana! Your secret is totally safe with me :)
I'm not so into hockey either, but I'd love to see us take gold tomorrow. Hope all is well there in Winnipeg--I haven't been there for years, but it was in August during our women's fastpitch nationals, and we got sucked dry by one of the largest swarms of mosquitoes I've ever seen in my life! We all bought t-shirts with pictures of dive bombing mosquitoes on them and the caption, "I donated blood in Winnipeg". :)

Jana Richards said...

Oh my dear Kaylea. I see you have met our provincial bird, the mosquito. There's a reason we put screen around our deck!

Great to meet you.