From bars to shopping malls to elementary schools – all eyes were on Canada’s men’s hockey team on Friday as they beat the U.S. team and advanced to the gold medal game in the 2014 Olympics.
Team Canada will play Sweden after beating the U.S. 1-0 in Friday's semifinal.
Mike Richard went to get his phone repaired at Polo Park shopping centre Friday morning but ended up cutting it too close and stayed to watch part of the game.
“I was trying to get home by 11 but because I couldn’t I [thought I’d] get in here. I’ll just watch the first period here, and I’ll get my phone checked,”
Meanwhile, at Leo Remillard School, students got a little treat on their lunch break – the school streamed the semi-final game live.
“It’s cool that we get to watch the game when we’re eating lunch,” said Justin Kamenz.
And in downtown Winnipeg, the Shark Club, which is typically a sea of blue for the Winnipeg Jets, was full of red shirts and jerseys on Friday.
Hockey fan Hart Macklin took the morning off work to watch the game at the bar.
“It was really nice to see Canadians win,” he said.
Hart Macklin took the morning off to watch the game.
The team will face off against Sweden in an early-morning game on Sunday.
A Winnipeg brewery put a pause on making beer Friday morning so their staff could watch the game.
Half Pints Brewery Brewmaster David Rudge said his general manager didn’t give him much choice when it came to working or watching.
“He was pretty adamant that we should probably watch the game,” said Rudge. “When somebody comes to you and says, ‘I really think you should do this,’ it’s probably a good idea.”
Human resources expert Mike Cuma said it’s something that’s likely happening in workplaces across Canada.
“I would say from a short-term point of view, today may not be the most productive day in Canada,” said Cuma, the vice president of human resources at Pinnacle Business Solutions.
Cuma’s job is to help find productive employees, but many staff at Pinnacle were watching the game on instead. That’s not such a bad thing though, he thinks.
“In the long term, an engaged, motivated, enthused, happy workforce – that makes all the difference in the world.”
Bars open early on Sunday
Provincial officials anticipate a big response to the upcoming gold-medal game, so The Manitoba Liquor Control Commission is allowing establishments to serve alcohol as early as 5 a.m.
The surprise move prompted CBC to ask the cheeky question – what beer would you pair with eggs? Check out all the response here.