Hockey Night in Canada Washington

While I like to think of myself as a proud cocorico-ing French woman, my nationality is apparently not as obvious to everyone as I would like to think it is. Maybe it’s because I speak fluent French and English. Love soccer and hockey, wine and Molson Export. Perhaps the confusion come from the fact that did I spend 4 years living in Montreal. Or it might be due to pictures like this floating on the internets:

Whatever the reason, I often get mistaken for a Canadian. And that’s just fine, eh.


Among other things, my time spent in Montreal has introduced me to hockey. They say a woman never forgets her first love and that’s definitely true for me and my first hockey love. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Caps but I’ll always feel a little something for the Habs… On a typical hockey season day, I can reconcile my two hockey loves, and cheer for both the Canadiens and the Capitals. But eventually, the two teams must meet and test my allegiance. My rule so far has been to always cheer for the Caps except for the few times every year when the Habs are in town. Those days, I proudly put on my Canadiens jersey and make the walk (of shame) to the Verizon Center, a few blocks away from my place. I don’t necessarily go hate on the Caps, but I’m definitely all “Go-HABS-GO” which, as I have learned, is not a good idea when the two teams are squaring off in game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals 😉

Which is why I, for once, welcome the opportunity to cheer for the Habs, in DC, when they are not playing against my Caps. Instead, I get to hate on the Leafs!! The Habs-Leafs rivalry is kind of the canadian hockey equivalent of baseball’s Red Sox versus Yankees or French football O.M. contre P.S.G. It’s intense! To celebrate this all Canadian rivalry, the Embassy is getting together a group of hockey fans for a special “Hockey Night In DC” on Thursday February 24th at Penn Quarter Sports Tavern. The puck drops at 7:30pm, but the fun doesn’t have to wait that long. Canadian hockey fan can come cheer for either teams on the 2nd floor as early as 6pm! I can’t wait! (eh) 

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