The Canada-U.S. men’s gold-medal hockey game at the Vancouver Olympics was the most stressful sports-watching experience of my Beijing life. Packed into The Irish Volunteer in the wee hours of the morning alongside seventy-plus fans while downing coffee after coffee, knowing not only the game but the Olympic record for most gold medals was on the line, feeling the tension rise as Canada hung onto a slim one-goal lead and — ! — having my brain’s Denial Zone go on red alert as the Americans scored with 24.4 seconds left. I had enough acidity in my stomach by that point to dissolve the CCTV tower, the Bird’s Nest and every panda on this planet. Yes, Canada ended up winning in overtime, but that simply made me feel as though I had narrowly missed being pulverized by a high-speed rail train: grateful to be alive, prefer to never relive it. Then someone gave me a shot of Canadian Rye and all was good again.
Anyway, it’s four years later and this time Sweden and Canada face off in the final, 8 PM on Sunday. Here are some places to catch the game:
- The Four Seasons: Look for a big turnout, including from the Canadian Alumni Network, at Opus Lounge on the first floor. CAN’s Richard Liu says the hotel will show the game on a projector screen and several TVs and have poutine and happy hour drinks.
- Irish Volunteer / Hockey Bar: If you want a seat, get there early or reserve a spot via trishsmithus (at) gmail.com. I’m guessing ample supplies of Moosehead and Absolut will keep fans of both teams happy. And I’m hoping, in the spirit of sportsmanship, shareholder / chef Zach Lewison will make poutine topped with Swedish meatballs.
- Paddy O’Shea’s: Given a strong turnout for the U.S.-Canada semi-final early Saturday morning, I’m guessing there will be plenty of fans on hand at this place on Sunday.
- Cuju: Look for specials on Screech, Crown Royal and Absolut. I say mix all three together in a shot glass and call is The Hat Trick.
I’m also guessing other places will also show the game. I’ll update if I get any more details.