QUESTION: What's better than taking the day off work to watch 4 top quality games of quarter final Olympic Ice Hockey?
ANSWER: Experiencing said dream scenario from the comfort and craziness of the biggest hockey "house of worship" in the world right now – Molson Hockey House in Vancouver's Conchord Place.
Yup, I was lucky enough a month or so ago to snatch up the hottest ticket in town outside of Canada Hockey Place (GM Place) for today's men's quarter finals of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
I'm talking roughly 12 hours of amazing hockey action in a huge marquee filled with fellow hockey fans, huge TV screens, a free buffet, impressive hockey memorabilia hanging from every wall, bands, comedians, games and prizes, more than enough beer to satisfy even the most extreme thirsts, Molson promo peeps, face-painting, free fan photos and so much more.
Mushed in amongst all the good times were some hockey games. We witnessed 4 fantastic games kicking off at midday and not finishing till the just before midnight. The results, which decided Friday’s semi-final match ups were as follows:
- USA def. Switzerland (2-0)
- Canada def. Russia (7-3)
- Finland def. Czech Republic (2-0)
- Slovakia def. Sweden (4-3)
Fun Fact: The Vancouver Canucks are now the only NHL team left to have players in every team featuring in the semi-finals!
Obviously the Team Canada victory over Russia was the special result for us out of all of those games. This quick video should give you a bit of an idea as to what the atmosphere was like inside "the house" and also shows how the place exploded once the full-time horn sounded!
The superb team effort means that Canada will now meet the highly dangerous and underrated (as far as I'm concerned anyway) Slovak team in a game that will decide whether or not we get to have another crack at those pesky Americans in the gold medal game on Sunday! Can you imagine??!?!?
The entire Molson Hockey House operation was very slick, a sports-lovers fantasy and easily worth the $99 ticket to get in the door. 4 great games of hockey, an awesome Canadian band (Great Big Sea), we got to "meet" Canadian ice dancing gold medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir (see pics below), met some great new people and generally had an awesome time! What more could you ask for?
If you've already experienced the "house" for yourself – lucky you! If you haven't, then all I can do is offer my apologies... you've really missed out on one of the great 2010 Vancouver Olympic experiences.