PM's house well red

ROB BRODIE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:30 AM ET

At first glance, the scene might match any you'd see around the capital these days.

About two dozen Ottawans gathered around a big-screen television, cheering on the Senators in the Stanley Cup final with a bunch of youngsters playing road hockey in the driveway out front.

Until you check the address, that is.

With a simple e-mail request, TSN's Gord Miller got himself an invite to 24 Sussex on Wednesday, and spent the night watching the Senators duel the Anaheim Ducks alongside Canada's first fan -- Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

So how into the Cup final is the PM?

"I don't get the sense the prime minister does anything halfway," Miller said yesterday. "He's a very intense fan."

CHEERING FOR SENS

And yes, Harper is cheering for the Senators in their Cup quest.

"He's a fan of the Canadian teams whenever they play," said Miller.

Ben Harper, the PM's son, is more than a match for his dad as a hockey fan. They've got a combined collection of more than 100 hockey jerseys.

The biggest sense Miller got from his night at 24 Sussex was that of normalcy. He expected something much more "palatial."

"It was like having a bunch of guys over watching the game, except the prime minister was there," he said.

"I've been to the White House and it was much more ornate. This is just a house, it's a private home."


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