Your Guide To Binge-Watching Olympic Hockey

The Winter Olympics always remind me of the first round of the NHL playoffs. Why?

Binge-watching hockey.

In the first round, there are so many games on so many different channels that you’re completely overloaded on what to watch. If you’re like me and live close enough to Canada (or even in Canada) to get the CBC, you’re switching from the Red Wings game to the CBC to whatever’s on NBC Sports. Back when I was still in classes, I remember evenings where the Red Wings game was on at 7:30pm with an off-setting 7pm game on the CBC. When those were over, NBC Sports had a 9pm start game and the CBC had a 10pm game. I watched non-stop hockey from 7pm until well after midnight.

Now, the Olympics aren’t that streamlined. They aren’t set up that well and depending on where they’re taking place, the timing might be really terrible.

These Sochi Olympics, most of the live games take place during the day when most of us are at work. I had every intention of getting up early before going into work to watch games that I assumed would start around 5am. Is that dedication? Maybe. But for these preliminary rounds at least, the earliest games during the week start at 7:30am. Most people are either already at work or driving there.

If you’re lucky enough to find a working stream, being at work while watching/listening to hockey is great. This morning, I had the USA/Slovakia game going in a different tab while I worked and someone came up and said, “Hockey guru! The USA game is on and I figured you would know of a feed…” So I clicked to my other tab and showed him the game; we both started laughing.

If you don’t have the good fortune to find a stream (video or audio), it’s never a bad idea to log in to your Twitter account and watch everyone else fill you in on what’s going on. If you don’t have a Twitter account, there are several profiles you can have loaded in different tabs:

For Team USA
For Team Canada

And you can’t go wrong if you look at guys like Pierre LeBrun, Bob McKenzie, and Elliotte Friedman, but it’s very hit-or-miss on what games they’ll be tweeting about. For Team Sweden, just look toward any Red Wings’ fan’s Twitter who happens to be watching the game and you’re golden.

How much do you want to binge-watch hockey? If you’re a lover of the sport, then you’re already looking at the schedule and trying to plan out your weekend. Case in point: I will probably be getting up on Saturday morning to watch the 7:30am USA vs. Russia game on NBCSN. Make a pot of coffee, snuggle up on the couch, sleepily tweet about it, gear up for the 12pm Switzerland vs. Czech Republic game, and then go play some pond hockey in the early afternoon because why not make every moment of my life revolve around hockey?

Plus, if there isn’t hockey on, you can always look for curling.

Olympic hockey is always exciting. You see the top talent from every country working together to strive for that Gold medal. You see the home country battling for it, you see the previous Gold-winning team trying to repeat, you see Canada constantly trying to prove themselves since hockey is their sport, and you see the USA trying to upset Canada.

It’s an exciting, exhilarating two weeks, and you should try to make the most of every second.

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