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Coffee or beer? Hockey fans prep for early morning men's gold medal game

Saturday, 02.22.2014 / 1:25 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Coffee or beer? Hockey fans prep for early morning men's gold medal game

MONTREAL - Canadian hockey fans are gearing up for an early morning start tomorrow with Canada facing off against Sweden in the men's gold medal final in Sochi.

Kenny MacIntyre, a bartender at Mcleans Pub in Montreal, says he's been taking reservations all day for the game, which begins at 7 a.m. Eastern time.

MacIntyre says the only other time the pub has opened at that hour is St. Patrick's Day.

In British Columbia, the Olympic match-up starts so early that bars won't even have a chance to close.

They will be allowed to extend their hours to stay open for the 4 a.m. Pacific time start - though they won't be allowed to serve liquor until 9 a.m.

Governments in the Prairie provinces, meanwhile, are allowing bars and pubs to serve liquor by the time the puck drops.

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It's about enjoying the moment. It's pretty cool to get that many people together and that excited about hockey to the point they really want you to mess up. They've got a ton of red jerseys and you have to sit back and appreciate people love hockey that much and you are the one out there who gets to play the game. Just try and stick with that respect for the game and also the mentality that for me it's just about entering the fight and seeing how long I can stay in it.

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