My Attempts to Watch Canucks Hockey in Hawaii
When I first found out that I was going to Maui, I did two things. The first was to ensure I could get the time off of work, while the second was to take a look at the Canucks schedule to see what games I was going to miss (all four games this week). I mean, what kind of fan would I be if I wasn’t somewhat concerned that I’d miss a few games (especially considering the week long break the Canucks had before I left) while I traveled abroad?
Anyhow, to avoid the disappointment of not being able to take in the Canucks while tossing back numerous Mai Tais, I reached out to my fabulous followers on twitter (@lyteforce if you’re part of that group yet) and was told of two possible locations that might be able to help me out – Moose McGillicuddy’s and Sports Page Bar.
On Tuesday, my family and I set out to Moose McGillycuddy’s in Kehei to partake in Happy Hour (cheap booze), eat some chow for dinner, and to hopefully catch the hockey game. Initially, we believed our odds would be low due to the World Series being in play, but nonetheless we gave it a try. When we went into the bar, not only was the Canucks game on TV, but we were also joined by four different groups of Canucks fans. I’d be lying if I wasn’t proud to be rocking Johnny Canuck while on vacation when the others walked in (although props to the women wearing her Kesler jersey). Overall, the night was an out-and-out success. The Canucks beat the Devils, the Mai Tai’s were cheap yet tasty, and the chow we ordered was top notch for pub fare.
After having such success on the Tuesday, I was emboldened about my prospects of catching the Canucks roll over the Oilers on Wednesday. I mean, we were going to check out a bar by the name of “Sports Page” and y’all know how good the real Sports Page was to us. Suffice to say, I was extremely disappointed when we walked into the bar only to find football repeats and ESPN on every TV.
Now I’m not one easily dissuaded, so we sat down at one of the many seedy looking tables and ignored the looks of the many regulars in the bar in the hope that we could ask if they could change one of the TVs over to the hockey game – it’s a sports bar for cheese and rice. But this hope was soon shattered when the server laughed at us when we asked – in fact, she couldn’t understand why anyone would ever watch a sport like hockey. It also didn’t help that they did not subscribe to NHL Centre Ice and the Canucks happened to be playing another Canadian team.
So at the moment, I’m currently one for two with two games to go. We’ve been put on the scent of a Canadian-friendly establishment in Lahaina today, so hopefully I’ll be able to report back with more success later this week. That said, if you’ve been Maui and have been able to catch a Canucks game yourself, why not drop a line and help a poor fan out?
there’s a tiny hole-in-the-wall type pub really close to Goofy Foot Surf rentals. They had a few tvs in there but the real attraction was the $3 Heineken bottles
Sounds like you should just keep going back to Moose McGillycuddy’s.
I am going to Maui on Saturday. I don’t want to miss Canucks vs Leafs. Any other places offering NHL games just in case I can’t get to Moose.
That’s what I ended up doing – there were tonnes of bars and restaurants that TVs tuned to sports, but very few subscribed to NHL Centre Ice. Unfortunately, what also made things tough was the fact that I was 3 hours behind everyone else to boot.
To be honest, I had very little luck trying to find the Canucks on TV beyond McGillicuddy’s. A few people on twitter mentioned some other places, but in the couple I asked, hockey wasn’t going to be on unless the game was on Versus.