Olympics Post a Day 9 – Ice Hockey and Dan Mangan

18 02 2010

On Tuesday, I attended the first men’s ice hockey game, USA vs. Switzerland. It was my first Olympic sporting event, and the first men’s hockey game of the Olympics!

It took no time to get into the venue – line-ups are worse for the cultural and party zones, we went through security and got into the Canada Hockey Place in 15 minutes (compared to the 4 hours we waited for Sloan).

The game was good, the first period in every game so far has been tentative as these teams feel not only the opponent out, but remember, it’s rare if any of these guys play together. Very cool vibes in the stadium, surprisingly physical, and very pro USA.

Afterwards, we hit a pub to watch the Team Canada vs. Norway trashing. That is certainly a must do – be in a pub while the Men’s Canadian Hockey team is playing. Follow that by heading to Granville and Robson after the win, and you thought we just took home Gold. Over an hour of Canadian National anthems in the street!

The music bonus of the day was Dan Mangan. I first saw Mangan open for Hey Rosetta when I was in Edmonton, not knowing who he was. I don’t think his new album was even out at that point, but the show ended with everyone in the crowd singing-a-long “Robots Need Love Too”. Since then his career has exploded.

Mangan was playing a sold out show at the Roundhouse on Tuesday night, but I stumbled onto his set in the Bread Garden under CBC Radio 3. Very cool – maybe 10 people in there? And I thought Sloan was intimate! Wish I had my camera, people were coming up and chatting with him, having shirts signed, etc – a very personable and down to earth guy.

I took a down day on Wednesday, but am headed downtown right now to see the Stephen Colbert taping!