The Place to Be
Random thoughts from Molson Canadian Hockey House
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The layout of the Hockey House was perfect. It's easy to grab a beer, or stock up on plates of complimentary food.
Someone asked if I was with Roberto Luongo, which is one of the weirdest questions I ever fielded. Apparently, this guy thought I looked like the Canucks netminder and wondered if I was his brother. I'll be the first to admit when I think I look like someone, for better or worse – when I was 13, I could have played a live-action Butthead – but there's no way I resemble Luongo.
I had a long chat with a Toronto native, who explained he got into hockey and became a goalie thanks to Sean Burke and the 1988 New Jersey Devils.
People looked at me like I was a mental patient escaping Shutter Island when I said Latvia would give the Czechs a headache. If there was even the slightest chance that those naysayers weren't so drunk and could remember their own names, I'd take solace in seeing the looks on their collective faces when the Czechs and Latvians went to overtime.
• Canada vs. Russia tomorrow? I already know who the winner for that one is: All of us fans. A close second goes to whichever other teams escape the Quarterfinals tomorrow. To be rid of either Canada or Russia, that's huge for the remaining survivors.
• I like the Swiss team's heart, and it will give Team USA fits.
• The highlight of tonight's surprisingly entertaining Slovakia/Norway game was after the Norwegians tied it all up at three with one-tenth of a second left in the second period, and fans in the concourse began chanting "Norway" to the tune of "Ole."
• Has anyone ever heard of "mini-eggs?" Apparently, they are candy coated chocolates. I had never heard of them and the rest of the event staff and performers in the Canada Place green room all looked at me like I just said Latvia was going to give the Czech Republic problems. I need to clear up if they are a Canadian confection or if I should actually know what they are. You can tell me the answer at email@example.com