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Old 04-16-2015, 06:23 AM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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Quebec is nothing more than one Province. Fact.

I hear there is a country.....oh wait......there is probably no place on earth where you will not hear English spoken....sucks to be you.
"sucks to be you." Hmm. My kids, ages 18, 16 and 11, use that expression. Have you been hanging out with them, again, Bru?

Always nice to know we can depend on the noble Boomers to step into the role of wiser, kinder, gentler citizens that previous generations of seniors fulfilled so well. There's just never an end to the Boomer's selflessness and grace. We, here on CD, for example, are very fortunate to be able to enjoy countless examples of it.

(yes, BruSan, I'm using humor there. Relax).
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Old 04-16-2015, 09:04 AM
 
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"sucks to be you." Hmm. My kids, ages 18, 16 and 11, use that expression. Have you been hanging out with them, again, Bru?

Always nice to know we can depend on the noble Boomers to step into the role of wiser, kinder, gentler citizens that previous generations of seniors fulfilled so well. There's just never an end to the Boomer's selflessness and grace. We, here on CD, for example, are very fortunate to be able to enjoy countless examples of it.

(yes, BruSan, I'm using humor there. Relax).
Haaar!

Always a pleasure Dixiechick.
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Old 04-18-2015, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Near Manito
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My theory is that hockey siphons off a lot of the aggressiveness of Canadians, leaving them otherwise mild-mannered and courteous. It's analogous to the bloodthirsty heritage of the Vikings, which drew off their warlike qualities and made them into the culturally androgynous, passive socialists they are today. That and herring.
See, like this. Notice especially how polite the referees are. And how the fans use the time to dry their laundry by twirling it in the air.

Flames, Canucks Erupt In 2 1/2 Minute-Long Fight
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Old 04-18-2015, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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See, like this. Notice especially how polite the referees are. And how the fans use the time to dry their laundry by twirling it in the air.

Flames, Canucks Erupt In 2 1/2 Minute-Long Fight

pffft


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fSr4f4Zkkg

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Old 04-18-2015, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Canada
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Now thats a brawl. What year was that?
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Old 04-18-2015, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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Now thats a brawl. What year was that?

That was 1987, and was known as "The Punch-up in Piestany" lol

I love the wiki article:

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The Punch-up in Piestany was a bench-clearing brawl between Canada and the Soviet Union, during the final game of the 1987 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Piešťany, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia) on January 4, 1987. The incident resulted in the ejection of both nations, and while the Soviets had already been eliminated from medal contention, the disqualification cost Canada a certain medal – potentially the gold. The brawl is famous for officials having turned off the arena lights in a desperate attempt at ending the 20-minute melee. Much of the blame was placed on Norwegian referee Hans Rønning, who had been selected for the game based on his perceived neutrality rather than experience.

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Old 04-19-2015, 09:33 AM
 
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Does it immediately feel like you've entered another country when you've crossed the border? I'm from Australia but haven't been to Canada. I plan to go on a working holiday there soon though. I've been to the States, and it struck me as pretty different to home but familiar in some ways. Kind of like a bizarro parallel world, like I'd stepped into the TV!

What are the things you notice first/the most? Is the urban form much difference? On streetview Canadian cities look a bit more familiar than most American cities except San Diego.
Gas is more expensive.

There's no blue on the flag, the stars are gone, and there's a leaf there.

The (infinately superior to Starbucks) Tim Horton's is everywhere.

In all seriousness though, there is a generally prevalent "common sense" remnant in Canadian society that seems to have died out south of the border. I don't know if it's been sued out of existence, emigrated out of existence, or "educated" out of existence but there is a difference.
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Old 04-20-2015, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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That was 1987, and was known as "The Punch-up in Piestany" lol

I love the wiki article:




Arguably started by that paragon of calm, Theo Fleury. It's even more impressive when you think that all of the combatants are under 20.

The stuff in the Flames Canucks series has nothing on the Flames Oilers matchups of the 80's. For a decade, if you wanted the Stanley Cup you had to deal with Alberta.
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Old 04-20-2015, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Arguably started by that paragon of calm, Theo Fleury.

Theo Fleury was and is the way that he was and is, but I think that's a bit unfair.

I watched that game live as a teenager and the Soviets had nothing to lose whereas Canada was destined for a medal. The Soviets were extremely violent and dirty for the entire game leading up to the brawl. The referee was barely calling anything and letting it all happen blindly, and of course the violence and tension continued to escalate as the game wore on.

Fleury sure did what he did (spinning around and mimicking shooting) after his goal but that alone did not set things off IMO.

The bench-clearing brawl began a bit later when there was (yet another) scuffle after the whistle. This had been going on for most of the game.

A Soviet player by the name of Davydov then came off the bench (when he had no business on the ice) to start a fight and that's when both benches emptied and the huge brawl ensued.
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Old 04-20-2015, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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Theo Fleury was and is the way that he was and is, but I think that's a bit unfair.
It was meant as a bit of a compliment. As a life-long Flames fan, I LOVE Fleury and his spark, superpest nature capped with skill is a testament. Considering what came to light towards the end of his career and what he had to endure on a personal level makes you understand and respect him that much more.

You're 100% right about the WJC. The Soviets had been shown up in the tournament, and totally lost their cool, and had nothing to lose. Literally. But it's not like Canada was skating away looking to avoid the conflict. This is still pre-Berlin wall, and the cold war is still fully on. I remember watching the game as it happened. I've never been a prouder Canadian for losing.
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