The crowd at the bar seems a bit dull, almost disinterested.  There’s an NHL hockey game on, but the place is evenly split between those who are silently mesmerized by the sweeping movements across the ice and those who have friends to talk to.  And then, with one flick of a stick the puck flies past the goalie and GOAL! – the whole place erupts with the same cat-like reflexes as their heroes on ice.  They were paying attention the whole time with eyes that took in everything.

The world of hockey is a bit difficult to understand at times, but one thing is certain – most of the fans are as intense as the players.  It’s not just the sheet of ice that makes this a Northern game, born on this continent.  Hockey people are tough and loyal, perceptive and quick, but also remarkably decent and civil.

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