Bars open early for Canada vs Finland Sunday hockey
Restaurant association says worth considering extended bar hours for the series
Vancouver bars did a healthy business, opening at 9 a.m. PT Sunday morning as hockey fans turned out to watch Canada take on Finland.
You look down at the maple leaf on your chest and realize that all of Canada is watching this game. It's an amazing feeling- former Canucks captain Trevor Linden
The Shark Club in Vancouverhad former Canucks captainTrevor Linden as a draw.
Linden watched hockey with the fans, played bubble hockey with patrons and participated in fan contests.
A former Team Canada Olympic hockey player himself, Linden says there's no feeling like taking the ice to represent your country.
"You know, you look down at the maple leaf on your chest and realize that all of Canada is watching this game. It's an amazing feeling, hard to describe, but there's no other stage like it."
The Yaletown Brewing Company's Susan Arntsen says people generally don't start showing up until 1 p.m. PT.
"So when we had 30 or 40 40 people to start off at nine o'clock in the morning it made a big difference so it's great for the bottom line."
At the Kingston Taphouse, Shannon O'Connell says in the long run, the 12 hour time difference is really going to hurt.
"Most of the games aren't really going to benefit us for that.The gold medal game is going to be played at 4a.m. PT and it's just not conducive with what we're going to do here."
B.C. Restaurant Association president Ian Tostenson says it may be worth extending bar hours.
"I'm beginning to think that we should probably approach the government this week and say look it's getting exciting. People do want to go out and stay out and watch the game so we're going to actually ask if we can extend the hours."
With files from the CBC's Belle Puri and Deborah Goble