Hockey

Kailey Sibley - Saturday Feb. 22, 2014 13:00

5 things you can do to help Team Canada win gold

Think you can't help Canada beat Sweden in men's hockey? Think again

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Canadian team members congratulate Canada's goalkeeper Carey Price as they celebrate their 1-0 win over the USA in the semifinals. (ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)

1. Enter #beardmode

Team Canada may not be allowed to grow playoff beards for the gold medal game, but fans back at home are under no such restrictions. Let your lumberjack flag fly between now and puck drop, and get that scruff growing.


2. Get a good night’s sleep
As enticing as a "sleepless Saturday" may be, it’s hard to be supportive when you’re falling asleep halfway through the second period. Take a night off from partying to wake up refreshed and ready to cheer on the team. You can always nap after the game.

3. Don’t hit snooze 
It may be tempting given it’s a Sunday morning, but a gold medal game between the world’s best hockey players only comes around every four years. Set your alarm and sacrifice sleeping in for one weekend. Win or lose, it will be a game worth watching.

4. Fuel up
Cook yourself a nice breakfast of peameal sandwiches with maple syrup-infused bacon and park your plaid-wearing behind in front of a television. Getting up to grab snacks during commercial breaks and intermission is highly recommended. You'll need the energy for all the cheering you'll be doing.

5. Dress appropriately
Whether it’s a Team Canada jersey, a red "onesie", or that lucky shirt you haven’t washed since Day -1, now is not the time to test superstitions. Don’t jump in with both feet either. Take your time. Left side first, then the right.

Though you can’t be on the ice to clear to the neutral zone or net one top-shelf, you can focus on the little things to ensure your game-watching experience is something you won’t ever forget... at least for the next four years.

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