On Sunday, December 16 the Esprit de Corps Commandos faced off against the Ottawa-based Russian Red Machine for the fifth instalment of their self-titled ‘Cold War on Ice’.
As usual, a buzzing crowd of several hundred people were in the stands to cheer on the players when they took the ice. Rock music blared through the arena speakers as the players each skated their first hot lap around the rink. It did not take long for the crowd to rise up when the Red Machine scored on the first shot, of the first shift, of the first period.
With that goal the tone was set and the Commandos knew they had their work cut out for them. While it was a fun and fair event for both opponents, the final score of 8-2 (favouring the Red Machine) did not reflect this fact.
For some, the post-game reception was the best part of the entire affair. A relentless mountain of pub fare was dished out to the hungry attendees. Wine, beer, and vodka flowed freely to liven the holiday spirit and genuine camaraderie. An upbeat saxophone performance heightened everyone’s sense to top it all off.
Speeches were delivered by Russian Ambassador Alexandre Darchiev and Esprit de Corps’ own Scott Taylor thanking everyone who supported this fun and worthwhile event.
A huge THANK YOU goes out to everyone for taking part, and most importantly to our friends at the Embassy of Russia in Ottawa for their unmatched generosity and the best hockey crowd one could ask for.
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