Walking into the Scotiabank Place during the All-Star skills competition and game this weekend, you could feel the energy in the air. Thousands of die-hard fans piled into the arena yelling, booing, chanting, and celebrating their favourite sport. But if you walked into a local bar during the broadcast of the grand finale — the actual All-Star game — you would stumble upon the exact opposite scenario.

The city of Ottawa is full of hockey fans embracing this weekend’s National Hockey League All-Star festivities. Thousands made their way to the Fan Fair over the past three days, and thousands more headed to the skills competition at the Scotiabank place. The rest of the fans were scattered across the city, watching the entertaining skills competition from the comfort of their home, or – in many cases – at the local bar.