Game On – Flames vs Lightning

Last night we were lucky enough to snag 4 tickets to the hockey game. I, eager to chow down, and Cole, eager to watch an all-star on the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Flames games are one of my favourite things to do in Calgary. The girls settled in the seats while the boys grabbed drinks & food. As we awaited the game, the arena was filled with loud, pump-up music and flashing red, yellow, and black lights.

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The players skated onto the ice, appearing massive with all their gear on, and began to take charge during warmup.

After a short introduction and singing of each national anthem, the puck dropped and the game was 3

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The boys took the opportunity to talk sports, while I enjoyed my hot dog and people watched.

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Some of the most entertaining things happen in the crowd – you just have to be looking at the right moment.

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Even though I’m not much of a sports fan, I always enjoy listening to the top-40 playing in the background, watching surprised fans on the jumbo screens, and guessing which cup holds the donut. I always hope that we’ll be chosen to win a prize…but sadly, it hasn’t happened yet.

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After a few periods we got up to visit some friends in a private box below. The spread was pretty great – fresh fruit, wings, mac&cheese, chocolates, and a quinoa salad.

I helped myself to bowls (literally) of salty and buttery popcorn and pretzels, before eyeing up the chocolates and macarons, and afterwards, an ice cream. By this point, I had eaten enough that I really couldn’t be concerned about a diet of any sort.

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Although the view is pretty great, for the most part everyone sat around and chatted.

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I did, however, get to see my first “celebrity” – Lanny McDonald…he’s about as big of a celebrity as we get here in Calgary. I tried my best to use my paparazzi skills…but the lack of a photo below just illustrates that I, in fact, do not have any.