AM 680 News Radio segments – Canada vs. USA Men’s Hockey Semifinal Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics – Shark Club Toronto
Posted by stevedao at February 21st, 2014
The moment the preliminary rounds had been played in Sochi, Russia – and the paths defined – every hockey fan in North America circled Friday February 21st in their calendars. This was the day that Team Canada & Team USA would square off in the Semifinal of Men’s Hockey at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
It was a bracket that was easier to predict, whereas the other side with Sweden & Russia/Finland, no one really knew how that would play out. And there was an upset, Finland over Russia, only to then fall to Sweden 2-1 in their Semi.
So with the date targeted, there was plenty of hype on the matchup. Americans tried their thing, with media & highlight reels…
#1 – Dear Canada, from USA Hockey
#2 – The highlight reel … now removed … weird 😉
… while Canadians did what they do best, sat quietly, politely, confident that we had what it took to beat Team USA, again. Yes, again … just like in Vancouver 2010 (on OUR soil) … and just like in Salt Lake City 2004 (on THEIR soil).
So 12pm EST on February 21st came, and the game happened. Those who know Hockey will acknowledge that it was as perfect a game as you will see. There were almost no mistakes, everyone playing with the utmost desire, focus, and grit. Even the only goal scored was one that is impossible to save, a massive deflection by Jamie Benn on a shot/pass from the point by Jay Bouwmeetser. Canada beat USA 1-0, and will advance to play Sweden — USA gets Finland.
We took in the action at Shark Club, a new bar at Yonge & Dundas (the heart of Downtown Toronto). Coined Toronto’s Premium Sports Bar, it’s a modern & high tech decor complete with more screens than you need (57 LED TVs), a massive big screen (15’6″), and even a sports score ticker (90′) that runs around the bar. Here is a look from our view inside.
Canada vs Finland – Feb 16 2014
Canada vs USA – Feb 21 2014
Taking in the game, AM 680 News Radio was on hand to capture the energy in the place, and I was approached by Kevin Misener (Reporter) for an interview sometime in the 2nd intermission (I believe). Questions were all about being there for support, what we were giving up to be there, and what the environment was like in Shark Club.
After the game Kevin returned with another set of questions, this time about what that win meant to Canada, its Fans, and our standing in the Hockey world.
Steve calls it pure Patriotic Pride – “It’s Our Game“
“It’s unreal, everyone in Red & White“ – and hi-fives yes, but I wasn’t one of the ones hugging anyone 😉
“7am, we’ll be here”
Next stop, Gold Medal Game versus Sweden – Sunday Feb 23rd, 7am EST – and hopefully this will be the scene at Yonge & Dundas again.