The Winter Games unite hockey fans from around the world, lovers of the game flood their TV’s, rooting their team towards medal placement. There is always plenty of excitement in the matches played throughout the games, with the NHL season on hold and players representing their respective countries, the games ice the way for any fan to expand their cheering demographic. It’s possible for a die-hard Boston Bruins fan to find their voice when Canada, Sweden, Slovakia and Finland compete. Loving the Pittsburgh Penguins gives you the chance to support Canada, Finland, Russia and USA. The list goes on an on with the amount of NHL talent in full force in Sochi.

While the games allow for friendly competition between friends, the Olympics are a chance for some people to go even further.  Gambling in sports goes glove and glove with the excitement of the game, and following NHL betting odds is the real deal during the NHL season. Betting on the games certainly adds another level of excitement. Even if your team isn’t winning, you can win in another way, making your NHL season that much more fulfilling. Of course if your team is playing well, it gives you something else to boast about if you show confidence in them by putting ‘something’ on the line.

Whether a friendly bet between friends or placed in an online forum, upping the ante, so to speak, gives an added excitement to the outcome of a game. Perhaps actually placing a monetary bet isn’t you style, but placing a bet among friends to do something embarrassing is always a fun option. Players do it all the time and take to social media to share the stakes…

Friendly competition, it’s a good thing, especially if you’re certain that your team will be going for gold or hoisting Lord Stanley at seasons end.


Winter was hooked on hockey by age 6, when she first witnessed a bench clearing brawl between the Boston Bruins and the Ottawa Senators. Growing from hockey fan to hockey player, Winter followed her passions by founding The Pink Puck. While she also loves fashion and the outdoors, hockey will always be her center ice. Email: Twitter: @Winter_Adams



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