Canada fans hang their heads as Canada plays against Team USA during third period semi-final IIHF World Junior Championships hockey action in Ufa, Russia on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. (Nathan Denette / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Phil Hahn, Social Media Producer, CTV News
Published Thursday, January 3, 2013 2:44PM EST
Last Updated Thursday, January 3, 2013 2:46PM EST
Sleep deprivation, disappointment, and the birth of a meme: hockey worship in the wee hours
Storified by CTVNews.ca· Thu, Jan 03 2013 11:39:48
In an NHL lockout year, Canadian hockey fans were pinning their hopes on a group of talented teens playing for Canada in the World Junior Hockey Championships semi-final in Russia. Some fans got up quite early Thursday morning so they could watch Team Canada battle Team USA live on TSN.
Father and son watching World Juniors:) Griffen is taking notes for 2028 #2013wjc #GOCANADAGO http://pic.twitter.com/QyRkriJJsrevent
5am, wide awake with my Tim Hortons to watch the hockey game, how Canadian of me #2013WJC #GoCanadaGo http://pic.twitter.com/AuftbwI8heyitskeesha
By the second period, however, with Team Canada already down by 3, sleep deprived fans began to despair.
Boys giving up on Team Canada #2013WJC #CanadaVsUSA http://pic.twitter.com/pT64AWWMphillupmycup_
3-0 USA. My Canadian family is cranky, and it seems to be directed at me. #2013WJC http://pic.twitter.com/smhnVe7gfetner
This is how I'm planning to watch this 3rd period #JerseyFacepalm #2013WJC #TSN #DregerFace http://pic.twitter.com/KI1mBicrT_Fourns
When it was all over, it wasn't even close.
Wake up & check my phone to see this #disappointment #2013WJC http://pic.twitter.com/N8z9J7J2Spencer Wright
RT @ElenaRusko: Congrats to @usahockey !!! #2013WJC http://pic.twitter.com/QQ7mCUAZJim Damren
I can't believe I woke up to watch Canada sleep. #2013WJCWheeling Problems
Canada struggled on every aspect of the game. Errant passes, sub par goaltending, suspect defensive plays culminated in the loss #2013WJCChris Schiller
Some Canadian fans were gracious in defeat:
We had a good run #canada #2013WJC http://pic.twitter.com/90NMnsQeHaydenEdworthy
Bronze is actually my new favourite colour so no matter boys! Get in it, win it and wear it proud! #IIHF #2013WJCChantel Whitter
While others dealt with the loss by sharing graphical representations of their anger and disappointment.
RT @M_Chmelnytzki: when I heard we lost to USA #2013WJC http://pic.twitter.com/QbOHSVRYRowan Versavel
Grump Cat it right! #2013WJC #WJCproblems #Canada http://pic.twitter.com/HcDQ9gDUbraehockey
A few targetted Canada's goalie Malcolm Subban, who let in four goals on 16 shots before being pulled halfway through the second period.
Time to fire up the Malcolm Subban Meme. #2013WJC #TSN #CanadaVsUSA http://pic.twitter.com/cL2YjxW6jeffmadams
Not surprisingly, there were tweets from gloating Team USA supporters, including this one from former NHL player and bad boy Bobby Holik:
Hey Canada nothing to analyze here,was not even close.#teamUSABobby Holik
Meanwhile, American fan Dylan Waldron was wondering how Canadians were reacting after the loss.
Is this what's happening in Canada after the game today? #2013WJC http://pic.twitter.com/NIouis7zDylan_Waldron06
(Waldron obviously wasn't paying attention during the 2011 Stanley Cup riot.)
The following images, however, seemed to warm the cockles of many fans' hearts, whether they were on the winning or losing side:
RT @BillHartkix106: You know, seeing this actually made feel better! Congrats U.S., we ALL love this game! #2013WJC http://twitpic.com/bs3j3mAdamBarrmitzvah
RT @Salzano14: LOL this is fantastic http://yfrog.com/oe5ovjwj #2013wjcmandylizz
Why hockey rules all part 2. #2013WJC http://pic.twitter.com/MgAPlcVmBrewGuy
RT @IIHFHockey: These dedicated international hockey fans rented a skybox at Ufa Arena to enjoy the #2013WJC Cheers! :) http://pic.twitter.com/x2um7eM0Dudeearle
While the Juniors were busy at play in Russia, across the pond sports journalists were showing signs of wear and tear covering the ongoing negotiations between the NHL and the NHLPA. Hockey analyst Pierre LeBrun tweeted and TSN's Jay Onrait re-tweeted this photo Wednesday night of weary-looking colleague, Darren Dreger.
New term for NHL Lockout Fatigue: "Dreger Face" RT @Real_ESPNLeBrun NHL has let us wait out the meeting in its offices. http://pic.twitter.com/fth4fqApJayOnrait
#DregerFace was trending worldwide. And a meme was born.
"It's been taken care of." #DregerFace http://pic.twitter.com/ug7122vJChris Peters
RT @FauxPMcGuire: He is The Most Interesting Insider In The World. #DregerFace http://pic.twitter.com/I79Al5q6AndyVamvakitis