The White Cottage


Hockey Day in Canada

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I finally attended my very first hockey game Sunday. I gave Nat a pair of tickets to the Niagara Ice Dogs for his birthday, thinking it would make for a nice Sunday afternoon. Plus he’s not been to a live hockey game in years and it’s out of our budget to get tickets to a Leafs’ game – even if you could find them. Well, it was a nice, but it almost wasn’t!!

Saturday night saw us go down the road to Kelsey’s in Fort Erie for supper, since we’ve not been there for quite some time. The meal I ordered didn’t sit well early Sunday morning and I was feeling a little “iffy” early on. Come time to get ready and go, I was feeling a lot better, so we donned our jackets, grabbed the lunch bag I made up and headed out.

The game itself was fast-paced and quick. How nice – no TV ads every time there’s a break!! The Ice Dogs lost 4-2 to Ottawa but despite that we still had a great time. One of the highlights was after the first period when a group of youngsters were allowed to have a short game on the ice, along with a shootout by another group of youngsters after the second period. One group of lads was from Ridgeway and lost the shootout by 1 goal but still went home with a consolation prize. I even spotted my nephew Zach and his granddad across the rink. Didn’t get a chance to say Hi, as Nat and I decided to sneak out five minutes early in order to avoid the rush in the parking lot. There was the Canada vs U.S. Olympic hockey game starting at 3:00 pm and I’m sure there was going to be a mad rush to get home in time.

Once arriving home we had about 5 minutes to get settled in so Nat could enjoy the Olympic game. Too nervous to watch I hung out in the office for most of the game. May have been a good thing – as when I did enter the room the U.S. scored a goal. Thinking I may be some sort of jinx I immediately left and listened to the game while playing on the computer. If you know the results of the game, you’ll know that was a good thing on my part – Canada won in overtime!! All around it was pretty much a hockey kind of day, and a good day at that!!!!


Author: Twila

Born and raised in a small town in Ontario, Canada, with 5 sisters and a brother. Now retired, my husband and I travel, play golf and am slowly renovating our new (old) home. After my kidney transplant in 1999, we've learned to enjoy life to the fullest. Nat and I have driven across Canada, taken an Alaskan cruise and drove home via the Northern United States. We've also been to Mexico, the Caribbean, the East Coast of Canada and Cape Breton. We've done the "Snowbird" thing, having lived in Destin, Florida for a couple of months of the year. In 2007 we changed our travel plans in order to move into and renovate our new "old" home, but hope to someday get back on the road again. We also love returning to Scotland (Nat's origin of birth) to visit his family and tour the Highlands and surrounding Isles.

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