Stereotypical Canadian Night

“She grew up watching hockey, with her daddy on saturday nights” – Dean Brody: “Canadian Girls”

Let’s go back in time to November 5th, around 6:45 AM. Jamie said to me in my pretty lethargic state something along the lines of “I won hockey tickets on Twitter. It’s either tonight or Thursday night. Not sure what day.” I then may have responded with the word Jennifer Lawrence said when asked what went through her head when she fell going up to receive an award “It was a bad word, that started with an ‘f'”… I began my negotiations on what is in it for me, and then agreed to go.

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Later that morning we learned the game was actually Thursday night which allowed time for denial, anger, acceptance – you know the normal stages of grieving.

Yesterday came around and I was asked to pick up the tickets to save us time later that evening.. I actually neglected to say that this was my FIRST EVER hockey game – I know, I put Canadian stereotypes to shame. So I was beyond nervous just picking the tickets up, so I decided to treat myself to a White Peppermint Mocha from Starbucks first!

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Jamie picked me up after work, he showered, and then all the festivities were able to start. I negotiated earlier in the week, going to a frozen yogurt bar which just opened up. Jamie enthusiastically complied to my demand needs.

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After the deliciousness it was time to go attend this game. We were walking towards the door with a herd of people and I loudly said to Jamie “okay stay close! It’s your first ever hockey game, and I am sure you are nervous”.. Everyone turned around and awkwardly stared at him.

We got to our seats and waited for it to begin. At one point it was ‘practice’ which I thought was pretty dumb – what the hell were they doing in the days leading up to the game? Watching movies? During their last minute practice, they were shooting pucks at the glass REALLY hard. I might have jumped and yelled a little bit every time.

This was like a legitimate sports game. They even sang the national anthem. Jamie took me to a Blue Jays game once, and they sung it, but I don’t know how credible they are – I mean, everyone randomly stands up and sings “take me out to the ball game”..

I learned a lot of things during the game:

  • A “penalty” is a grown man time out
  • booing the ref is nothing but annoying – IT DOES NOT CHANGE THE OUTCOME
  • No one claps for the other team for doing anything good – it is kind of rude
  • Jamie is unaware where the players moms sit
  • Jamie also does not know how the hanging things from the roof get cleaned
  • When the big buzzer goes, it does not mean its time to leave – it means there are 2 more periods and 2 breaks to go
  • The refs need to ‘consult’ over if the puck actually is in the net. I see it in the net. CLEARLY it is in.
  • At the end of the game 2000 people belt out “Sweet Caroline” for no reason at all

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After the game was over and we were leaving it was heavily snowing. Just to make the night that much more Canadian.

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In the end it was not a horrible night. The FroYo was amazing. The game was different. It was a pretty decent first hockey game experience!

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Do you like hockey?
What is your favourite frozen yogurt topping?
Would you belt out “Sweet Caroline”?

 

 

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7 thoughts on “Stereotypical Canadian Night

  1. hahahaha. i LOVED your tweets from this night. i was laughing at like all of them. i feel like in order to REALLY fit the stereotype you would have need to have gone maple syrup taping before it all. i feel like everyone in america thinks that every canadian just carrys around like pocket sized containers of maple syrup and put it’s on every food like buddy the elf.

    • Hahaha that is hilarious! I have actually NEVER gone maple syrup tapping – or known anyone who has.. disappointing isn’t it?.. I DID try a shot of maple flavored whiskey (which I do not recommend). I think maybe I should have wore that super embarrassing denim attire we wore in the olympics a few years back, dear God that was mortifying….

  2. I want to go visit Canada now!! Although, I’m not the biggest fan of snow – we Irish can’t handle it. Two years ago, the whole country shut down for about two weeks because of a couple of inches 😛 We are getting more used to it though!!

    • First off, Ireland would be a DREAM to live in. But I mean, grass is always greener right? Have you seen “The Holiday”? Let’s do that. I will leave you my house and my car, and I will up the anty and throw in my mom/sister as a personal tour guide. You will be 1.5 hr from Toronto, 3 hrs from the capital – Ottawa, 3 hours from Niagara Falls & New York State……. I laughed out loud with shutting down for a few inches. That is hilarious!! We get “snow days” where school busses don’t run due to ‘snow’ – mostly because it can get so cold the diesel in the busses freeze so they wont start (sounds worse than it is..) or there is a little freezing rain.

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