Hockey! Mark and I finally indulged in the thoroughly Canadian experience of ice-hockey. I bought the tickets over a month ago because the funds were donated to a charity, and was really looking forward to the game. Hockey combines a lot of good aspects of sport: there is amazing talent on the skates, it’s fast-moving because the puck can never really go out and it’s violent. At first it seemed like there were no rules: use the stick to get the puck in the goal. But it’s more like the fighting is woven into the rules. Within the first minute we had a bit of a fight.
The game itself was great, but there were some weird gimmicks. Like every time there was a pause in the game the music would blare, and then suddenly stop as soon as play resumed. We also saw an NSYNC video from a very long time ago singing about Christmas, as well as a rendition of Jingle Bell Rock by the Muppets. There were odd little games between the periods as well that involved hockey pucks, cups and remote control cars.
When a home goal was scored (there were two), the crowd went off and there was a weird viking man running around on the screen – it was bizarre, but fun.
The players were amazing. It was brutal, they would bash each other against the sides and onto the ice. There were amazing on their skates though. There was an odd mix of grace and brute-force.
I must say I like hockey. Much more than I expected. In so many other sports the game is stop-start with outs and fouls, but hockey had a great flow. The fights were really interesting too, they seemed semi-staged but authentic. It is bizarre how they are integrated into the game. I was very happy that the Bulldogs won!