My response to Canada’s crushing loss to the U.S. in hockey

Let’s get something straight: I’m Canadian. I was born in Canada and even though I will likely live in the United States for the rest of my life, I will always retain the citizenship of my homeland.

I married an American.

My children were born in the United States and I lovingly call them my half-breeds.

I am a woman with divided loyalties.

During the Olympics, I happily cheered for the USA.

This is not the case for hockey, where I am a tried and true Canadian to the core.

There was a lot on the line for the Canada vs. United States hockey game on Sunday night. Canada is the gold-medal favorite and was expected to coast into the medal round. The Motherland’s citizens live and breathe hockey and there was oodles of smack-talking leading up to the game.

I should know. My husband and I did it with each other.

Even though Canada outshot the U.S. 45-23, the U.S. emerged as the victors in a 5-3 game. This now means they will have a bye for the quarter-finals while Canada must win a play-in game on Tuesday to reach the quarterfinals.

A gold medal for the Canadian team is still a possibility but this was an unexpected bump in the road.

Following the game, my husband Jamie tried to console me.

“Don’t worry, Amber. It doesn’t really mean anything that Canada lost to the U.S. tonight.”

“It does mean something. It means that I’m mad.”

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