With the NHL season right around the corner, watching games with friends and family is the best way to cheer on your favorite team. As we’re several months out from the start of the season, it’s time to start planning your viewing parties that nearly three million Canadians will tune into beginning in October. Whether you're cheering on the Montreal Canadiens, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Vancouver Canucks, the Edmonton Oilers, the Calgary Flames, Ottawa Senators or the Winnipeg Jets, having the optimal setup will result in a comfortable and fun NHL season at home. Read on to find what you need to prepare your house for the NHL season.
Seating To Accommodate a Crowd
When you’re watching NHL games, ensuring your family and friends are comfortable is key to hosting a great viewing party. Upgrading your traditional sofa to a sectional can help your guests settle in comfortably — especially when the games go into overtime. Here are several sectional sofas that will provide ample seating space and a resting spot for spectating, cheering and snacking.
Sleeper sectional with storage: A contemporary sectional, like the Izzy 3-Piece Chenille Left-Facing Sleeper Sectional with Storage Chaise has a contemporary shape, yet its velvety soft chenille fabric softens it. The storage chaise can hide a stack of blankets so you can cuddle up during those cold night games. With plenty of room, you can invite everyone over to relax on this spacious piece.
Sophisticated yet cozy: If you’re looking for a piece that is fashion-forward and comfortable, the Gena 2-Piece Linen-Look Fabric Right-Facing Sectional adds a classic, elegant twist to your hockey viewing party. The deep blue, linen-look fabric stands up against spills and its high-density foam cushions will keep you and your guests comfortable as you settle in to take in the game.
Accommodate a crowd: If your hockey viewing team runs deep, the Riddell 2-Piece Chenille Sectional offers plenty of seating for gatherings. In addition, the chenille fabric is a soft and soothing texture for when emotions run high during close games.
The Main Event
If you’re thinking about upgrading your television, now is the time to do so. The ideal TV size for sports viewing is 55 inches, so if your TV set needs an upgrade, below are some options that are the optimal size and provide superior visual quality when you cheer on your favorite NHL team.
Double duty viewing: With Samsung’s The Frame, you can treat your guests to a hockey game on a 65-inch screen and then have a beautiful piece of art when the game is over. The elegant, modern design will blend flawlessly with your home décor, as it transforms into art when you're not watching TV.
Smart watching: A smart TV, like the Sony BRAVIA is equipped with Google TV, so you can quickly flip between NHL games with the help of the Google Assistant button on the remote. It’s premium OLED picture with contrast and colour that feels deep, natural and real will make you believe the game is in your living room.
No hockey party is complete without snacks to keep your cheering energy up. Make sure you have ample surface area for your snack spread that can accommodate a crowd. Here are several tables that every hockey hosting home needs.
Rustic coffee table: A clean, straight-lined coffee table, like the Watson Coffee Table is the perfect place to set out dips, chips, sandwiches and any other sustenance you need to support your team.
Spacious tabletop: If your guests need a break to enjoy a meal, or you need a larger surface to spread out your hockey viewing party fare, the Aran Dining Table is a classic design with a dark walnut finish.
With a few furniture and technology updates, you can set the scene for a fun NHL season at home. By upgrading your sofa and television size and ensuring you have ample space for snacks, your home will become the go-to NHL hockey party destination in no time.