How about the workplace? After all, Canadians are highly skilled, dedicated workers. Sure, there might be some discussion of the game while having coffee or lunch with your colleagues, but in the actual workplace I am sure undivided attention will be on the job at hand. Oh........
From the CBC:
Well, maybe hockey has seeped into the workplace, but surely it has been kept out of the workings of the government. After all, as a nation Canada's goal is to score on the world political scene, not the ice. Oops........
Again, from the CBC:
Politics and hockey went head to head Sunday and, in the end, the nation's winter pastime held the bigger stick.
Okay, I have to concede that hockey has permeated both the workplace and the halls of government, but there is one other segment of our society that I am sure has remained hockey-free. You see, we are a country with a huge immigrant population. Sure, immigrants from places like Russia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia might be hockey fans. The game is quite popular in those northern countries. However, the majority of our immigrant population is from Asia, and let's face it - there's not a lot of ice hockey being played in Hong Kong or India. Wait a minute. What's this......?
From Sukhpreetsingh's Posterous blog:
"CBC Sports announced today that they are bringing back the very popular Hockey Night in Canada PUNJABI EDITION. The broadcast will air every Saturday covering the doubleheader games this entire season. The broadcast will also include covers of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
There was considerable outcry and disappointment by the Punjabi community across Canada when the broadcast was cancelled this year at the beginning of the 2010/2011 NHL Season. The campaign to reinstate the Punjabi broadcast was led by Sikh youth across Canada in all major cities who gathered petitions and wrote letters to the CBC."
So just how big is hockey in Canada? This picture of Kate's son over at Rocks, Waves, Beach sums it up nicely.
These YouTube clips are for all my non-Canadian readers. (I am only saying non-Canadians because there isn't a Canadian alive who hasn't already seen these.) Absolutely without a doubt the two best commercials ever. And to prove my original point that The Sport doesn't permeate all areas of life North of 49, the second one has nothing to do with hockey.