by Ralph Routon
I've been to a lot of hockey games over the years, including the Colorado Avalanche playing for the Stanley Cup, but I can't remember a scene as electric as it is right now inside Canada Hockey Place for the start of the 2010 Winter Olympics women's hockey gold medal game between Canada and the United States.
I look around and see literally hundreds of flags for both nations, waving wildly as the teams come out onto the ice, with more than 19,000 fans screaming in anticipation. It's probably two-thirds Canadians and one-third Americans, which is what makes it so special compared to settings such as the Stanley Cup where there's always a home and visiting team.
I'll update this blog as the game goes along. Based on the pregame warmup, I'd have to say Canada looks more relaxed and comfortable, but we'll see once the puck drops...