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  1. Enjoying hockey, a much-loved Canadian institution

    posted by Rebecca Keenan | 0 Comments

    Enjoying hockey, a much-loved Canadian institution

    Oct092010

    This evening I headed down to the Air Canada Centre here in Toronto to go to an ice hockey game. The Toronto Maple Leafs were playing the Ottawa Senators and the Leafs won 5-1.

    The place was pretty packed and one of the first things I learned tonight is that hockey fans really can make some noise. Thanks to all the chanting and clapping the atmosphere was really electric and you could feel the anticipation in the air before the teams hit the ice.

    Hockey is a fast game. That’s the second thing I learned tonight. It was amazing to watch the players zip around, slam into the sides (and occasionally each other) and pass the puck lightning-quick all over the ice.

    Three sets of players got ‘five for fighting’ during the game and that actually does mean fighting. Helmets came flying off, sticks were tossed aside and punches were thrown. It fondly reminded me of many a hurling match I’ve witnessed in my time.

    I totally and completely got into the game, oohing and ahhing over every close call, cheering when the Leafs scored, booing when the opposition were on the offensive. All three 20-minute periods of the game, and the two intervals, were thoroughly enjoyable and I can totally see why Canadians love their hockey so much.

    It was a really wonderful experience and I’m so glad I got the chance to go to a game while I was here.

    Go Leafs, go!

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