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No early a.m. alcohol for Olympic gold games in Ottawa

It’s a shut out for Hockey Fans in Ottawa and across the province.

Regulators in Ontario have denied requests by bars hoping to serve alcohol earlier to fans coming in to watch the Olympic gold medal games live.

A number of bars in the ByWard Market submitted an application to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario to temporarily extend the hours they can serve alcohol; starting at 10 a.m. on February 22 for the women’s game and 7 a.m. on February 23 for the men’s

Steve Ryan owns The Senate Pub in the ByWard Market and was one of the many who applied.

"They were allowed to do it for the World Cup a couple of years back. For something like the Olympics and the Gold Medal game - I think it would be a good thing for everybody," said Ryan,

There is a precedent to go by. Bars in Edmonton have already been granted the extension by their provincial agency.

Rob Pape with the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission said, "The intent of the approval is to allow Albertans the opportunity for coming together at the local pub or bar to join in the spirits of the Canadians."

Now that the province has turned the idea down, the City of Ottawa could get involved. At last check from CTV News, no one had contacted the Mayor's office about it.

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