According to CBC News on Friday, Alberta bars will be allowed to open at 5 a.m. and serve alcohol on Sunday morning because there are high expectations that local establishments could be extremely busy at that time due to the fact that Canada will be playing Sweden in the gold medal game in men's hockey at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
Alberta premier Alison Redford tweeted on Friday, "Big game on Sun! Happy to tell you AB bars will be able to open & serve at 5 AM. Go Canada go!" Redford is also encouraging people to drink responsibly.
Not all Alberta bars will be open, so it is encouraged you call ahead before showing up at a particular place. Bars in Saskatchewan and Manitoba will be open early for customers, like Alberta, but customers will be unable to purchase alcohol in British Columbia establishments until 9 a.m. pacific time. The British Columbia ruling does not make too much sense because the game will be over by 6:30 a.m. pacific time.
Local establishments throughout Alberta have three Canadian hockey players to thank for the Redford decision--Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens who recorded a shutout, Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars who scored a goal, and Jay Bouwmeester of the St. Louis Blues who made a terrific shot toward the American net that set up the Benn goal as Canada beat the United States 1-0 in the semi-finals of the hockey tournament Friday.