GIVEAWAY: The Fastest Game on Earth Brought to You by Buffalo Wild Wings!

It’s an undisputed fact that Canada’s Hockey Nation. I didn’t grow up with it myself, but Canada deeply respects its hockey—it even runs through the veins of those who’ve never touched a rink! And so, one should never underestimate our sporting culture and how rabid our fans can get when it comes to the fastest game on earth!

Which is why you shouldn’t watch it alone.

To celebrate the sport that whips us all into a frenzy, Buffalo Wild Wings invited me to check them out during the World Cup of Hockey.

But I couldn’t make it—being a family man means carving out family time, so I wasn’t leaving on a Saturday for anything short of the Rapture ????!

Good thing I knew a hockey fan or two willing to take my place!

GIVEAWAY: T-11 Months ’til the 2017 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship — are YOU Ready?

The 2016 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship came and went, Canada’s dreams of a golden repeat gone along with it. We still had the #AllHeartCanada hashtag (which won one lucky tweeter a trip to Finland to catch a game), which was not only used more than 12,000 times, but also inspired TELUS to give $10,000 to the Hockey Canada Foundation to help support our future stars. Canadians were still glued to their TVs to see how Team Canada would fare in their trials abroad. Our nation still cheered as our under-2o men played the Helsinki out of the game overseas*, but it was nothing like having them here at home to see them show their opponents how to really own the ice!

It’s already been a little over a year since hockey fever last took over Toronto’s streets, and I can still remember what it was like sitting in the bleachers for Team Canada’s quarterfinal victory, only imagining what the electricity must’ve felt like in the air the moment those guys won gold.

While my family didn’t personally grow up with much hockey in the house, I learned to appreciate it a little more from friends who bled it through and through, rhyming stats and plays off like a second language. I know hockey’s no joke in this nation. If 2015 was any sign of how far this city’s willing to go to show Team Canada some love, I expect Toronto to go absolutely ballistic when the World Juniors come back at the end of the year!

Let Them Eat Skate – or – That Time the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship Taught Me Why Canadians Love Hockey

Welcome to 2015!

A week in and I’m already a little behind, trying to put the finishing touches on The 2015 100 while a major project at the 9-5 threatens to encroach on my personal time and is making the juggling act harder than ever. Sarah sees me at it nightly, piles of notes strewn about the desk as I struggle to mould it all into coherent thought, slowly shaping into the kind of posts I love writing. It’s taxing work, but ultimately worth it to look back later, proud of what I put down on paper.

However, though my life’s currently mired in 7-hour meetings and documentation that just won’t quit, my first week of 2015’s been pretty decent, opened with some excellent brunches and promising new relationships and opportunities for the year ahead.

But in these first 7 days, one of the most amazing things to happen was finding a new appreciation for a sport I never much followed before — hockey.

#100HappyDays — Day 13 — A Little #CANvsSWE Tweet!

#100HappyDays Day 13 was a screenshot of this tweet:

I made it this morning during the Canada vs. Sweden game for the Men’s Hockey gold medal game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, when the score was up 3-0 for the Canadians in the third period, making it rather clear that our boys were coming home with gold medals. Despite the nation being up earlier than they likely are on a Sunday and glued to the TV, the tweet performed better than I could’ve imagined, with 31 retweets and 12 favourites, one from none other than the head of Twitter Canada, Kirstine Stewart!

Couple that with a second-place finish among the 24 nominated in the Canadian Blog Awards’ “Best Personal Blog” category, and it’s been a pretty good day!

#100HappyDays Day 13/100 — succès!

–case p.