Canada's hockey gold medal celebrated in Winnipeg

A number of Winnipeg bars were packed with hockey fans on Sunday morning as people woke up early to watch Canada defeat Sweden in the Olympic men's final.

Olympic men's hockey celebrations in Winnipeg

9 years ago
Duration 1:42
Hockey fans at The Shark Club in downtown Winnipeg cheer on Team Canada as it beats Sweden 3-0 in the Olympic men's hockey final. After the match, a small group celebrated outside at the intersection of Portage and Main.

A number of Winnipeg bars were packed with hockey fans on Sunday morning as people woke up early to watch Canada defeat Sweden in the Olympic men's final.

A total of 76 bars, cabarets, private clubs and cocktail lounges obtained permits to open at 5 a.m. CT for the gold-medal match.

Most of those bars and eateries were full by the time the puck dropped at 6 a.m., including the Shark Club downtown and Brogue GastroPub on Pembina Highway.

"It's sort of like everyone's bachelor party or bachelorette party. Everyone's having such a good time and celebrating every goal," said Brogue bartender Chris Laubenstein.

When asked about the crowd's reaction to the game's first goal, Laubenstein replied, "It was absolute chaos, it was fantastic. Pandemonium."

That first goal came from none other than Winnipeg native Jonathan Toews.

"For a Winnipeg boy to start the scoring for Team Canada … awesome!" exclaimed Chris Campbell, while others around him cheered at the Shark Club.

A man holds up the Canadian flag at the Shark Club during the men's hockey Olympic final on Sunday morning. (CBC)
Swedish hockey fans watch the men's final at Tavern United Polo Park in Winnipeg. (Bouchra Ouatik/Radio-Canada)
With the majority of local fans cheering for Canada, some fans of Team Sweden said they felt a little outnumbered.

"Pretty intimidating," said Jar Swedenson. "I'm scared to show my real colours. I wore red to try and blend in."

About a dozen Swedish fans gathered at the Tavern United at Canad Inns Polo Park, with many expressing disappointment with the loss but while still being happy for Canada.

CBC reporters tweeted from venues around the city on Sunday morning. Check out their tweets, as well as game updates from Sochi:


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