Hockey and Canada are two words that go very nicely together. We love the game and some of us are just outright crazy about it.

Here is the proof. According to Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium, the men’s gold medal hockey match reached an average audience of 16.6 million viewers, making it the most-watched television broadcast in Canadian history.

Now, bad news. In total, Canadians watched 1.25 billion hours of Olympic coverage on television, with the average viewer watching 38 hours.

The statistics are likely unprecise and the average may not provide the complete picture but the number is stunning nonetheless.

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