February 23, 2014 - 9:56 AM
Canadians across the country, in world-class cities and deserts around the globe erupted into cheers as Team Canada won Olympic gold on Sunday.
The diehard crowd at the Real Sports bar in Toronto exploded in joy as Canada topped Sweden 3-0 to win its second consecutive Olympic gold medal in men's hockey.
Some tossed beer into the air while others stood on chairs and tables as red and white streamers rained down on them.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was among the capacity crowd, where he briefly pulled many eyes away from the jumbo screen as he posed for photos with fans.
In Vancouver, there were no empty tables at the Sin Bin Sports Grill, despite the 4 a.m. game time, snowy weather and noticeable absence of alcohol.
Judging by how loudly the crowd bellowed for every goal, it was impossible to tell they being forced to swap beer for water and soft drinks due to tight B.C. liquor regulations prohibiting early morning alcohol sales.
Jonathan Toews, Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz scored their first goals of the tournament in the gold medal game, while goaltender Carey Price earned his second straight shutout.
Canadians took to Twitter to celebrate the Canadian gold.
"This is our game," tweeted Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau tweeted "This is OUR game! Congrats to #TeamCanada on completing the sweep of hockey gold!"
And NDP MP Olivia Chow tweeted "First game I watched when I arrived to Canada in 1970 was hockey. This Gold makes me so proud as hockey unites us all."
Many Canadians proudly posted photos on Twitter of friends and family crowded around TVs worldwide as they cheered on Team Canada.
Several fans used Twitter to find a pub in London, U.K., that would show the Olympic hockey final instead of Premier League soccer.
"Tweeps, do you know a bar/pub where we can watch the ice hockey final Sweden vs Canada? Ideally in North or East London. ANYONE?" said a user named Bride Persson with the hashtag #TeamSweden.
Chris Dann replied: "there's a Canadian pub in Covent Garden called the Maple Leaf. They might have it on. Think football will win in most pubs!"
A photo of Canadian fans celebrating Jonathan Toews' first-period goal in Hong Kong was retweeted by several users.
"Love it! Hockey Night in Hong Kong," said Cam MacMurchy, who shared Cedric Sam's original photo.
Fans also congregated in a bar in Cambodia well before the game started.
"The Score Bar in Phnom Penh almost full with puck drop 45 mins away. #CAN-SWE @cbcolympics #cbc Hockey Night in Cambodia!" posted Chris Franklin, a senior assignment producer for CBC in Calgary.
It was a scene common in North America.
Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash, a native of Victoria and a former Canadian Olympian, tweeted before the game.
"Drop the puck already," said Nash from his verified account.
"1 dink. Phew. 40 years old and so nervous for the boys. Gotta love sport," added Nash after Toews gave Canada its 1-0 lead.
News from © The Canadian Press, 2014