It was a sea of red and white at local watering holes as the Canadian men’s hockey team took home gold and Canadians’ hearts yesterday.
Fans sipping suds at Original Joe’s on 4th Street SW arrived early to back hometown hero Jarome Iginla and his teammates and cheered non-stop for the last five minutes of the 3-2 game, all the way to Sidney Crosby’s overtime winner.
Chants of “Canada,” cowbells, and hockey waves greeted each goal, save and American mishap, but that’s all part of what makes us Canadian, fan Vince Bodnar said.
“We kicked some American butt. This spirit and pride is what makes us Canadian and it’s amazing to see,” he said.
Original Joe’s manager Adam Powell said business was booming and was excited to share the moment with patrons.
“Super exciting, it’s good for business, good for Calgary and good for Canada. It’s a goosebump experience,” he said.
Strangers, friends and even waitresses cheered, embraced and gave high fives after the overtime goal.
“Oh my God. That was amazing,” Mark Chaker said. “I will never forget this moment. Ever.”
Outside local pubs, Calgarians lined the streets and brought back memories of the Red Mile.
Marie Bourgeois and her husband took in the sights of 17th Avenue SW.
“This is incredible. The weather, hockey gods and stars aligned. Go Canada,” she said.