This news story relates a flight delay taken by Air Canada not for weather, not for mechanical, not for crew delays, but for hockey. It was the gold medal game between Canada and the US. The game was tied after three regulation periods (thanks to a literally last minute US goal) and had gone into sudden death overtime. The passengers simply refused to board the airplane until they had seen the winning goal.
Canadians, if everyone hasn't figured it out yet, love us some hockey. The streets across the country exploded with red and white clad fans as our men's and women's teams won Olympic gold last month. "Hockey" refers by default to ice hockey here. If we're talking about street hockey, roller hockey, or field hockey we'll specify. The last isn't very popular in Canada, especially not with me because I had to play it in elementary school phys ed in a skirt and without shin guards. The sticks were made of wood back then, some heavy dark shin-punishing wood. The latest kind of hockey for us to love is sledge hockey.
Sledge hockey is a winter hockey event for athletes with a permanent lower body disability. The players sit on little skate-runnered sledges and use sticks that have a regular blade on one end and a spike on the other, not for spearing, but to propel them around the ice. When these guys (I don't think there is women's sledge hockey) get checked into the boards, they're actually getting checked into the immobile boards, not the yielding plexiglass above the boards, and they always seem to cite this when interviewed about their sport, so I'm guessing any practice they got at pain tolerance while acquiring their disability comes into play here. It's a great game to watch, full of action and there's no professional league, so all the players are doing it just because they love to play. The bronze medal game is in a coupe of hours at 02Z and the gold medal game is tomorrow (March 20th) at 19Z. If it's not televised where you are, you can watch it on the net via Paralympic Sport TV.
A Hat Trick, for those from hockey-impoverished nations, is when the same player scores three goals in the same game. It is extended by metaphor to anyone doing anything three times.
Oh and more evidence that Canadians don't do anything else while the hockey is on.