Sorry for the delay on the blog, but with the family coming in and getting back in the line-up, I’ve been a lot more busy.
The game yesterday was a lot of fun and the crowd was really amazing. They were chanting for the first half until we came back. It was a big game for us to beat the defending champs in front of their crowd. I felt good physically and feel good about my game.
It took me a little bit of time but I’m finally getting used to the new gear and skates that I’m using this tournament. My equipment was shipped from Vancouver to Montreal after the season, so when I got the call to come play for Team Canada it was somewhere on the prairies in a UPS truck. Therefore I had to get a new set of equipment from Canucks equipment man Pat O’Neill before leaving for Switzerland. It might sound silly, but working in new equipment takes time. Good thing I feel great in it now.
I hear it’s warming up in Vancouver right now, enjoy it because its pretty chilly here. Some days are nice with some sunshine, but for the most part it’s been similar to Vancouver in February. Brrrrr is right!
Jeff Vinnick took a shot of me with Big Z (Zdeno Chara) the other day and a lot of people are wondering what was said. After practice we crossed paths in the hallway leading to the practice rink and he was asking me how I was feeling after leaving the game against his team Slovakia. He is one of the toughest guys around the NHL, but I’ve only heard good things about Chara as a person and for him to check on me proves to me that he is a very genuine guy.
That’s it. Gotta get ready for Kazakhstan!
*Photo credit to Jeff Vinnick, who is at the World Championships shooting for the IIHF.