This morning, I spotted the first few snowflakes of the year, which was a complete and utterly mind blow; especially since it feels like yesterday was training camp. Soon it will be Christmas and just like that half the year will be gone! This year has gone by much quicker that than the two previous, so I guess it’s true that time flies when you’re having fun (so necessarily corny)!
We opened this season with what has now become our annual road trip down to the Toronto area for a series of exhibition games. It’s always great when a team gets the opportunity to travel together right off the bat, especially a team with as many new players as we have this year. The weekend was a great bonding experience, and included exhibition games against Brock and Waterloo, a brief trip to Niagara Falls, and of course, morning jogs to Starbucks for the always necessary caffeine fix. At the end of the weekend, we all knew each other a little better, and had thoroughly scared poor Coach Joe with our impromptu bus dance party and sing-a-long.
Another September tradition included the CIBC Run for the Cure. We always go all out for this event, dividing into teams for a pink costume contest. Last year, we even made the cover of the Ottawa Citizen! This year, we stepped up our game with an inter-team challenge. Not only were their points for best costume, but tasks that needed to be accomplished during the race. The team that accomplished the most tasks won. The tasks included having one of your teammates not touch the ground the whole race, run the race three-legged style, have one of your teammates blindfolded, and all be attached while running the race. My team took this challenge very seriously. We dressed up as the Pink Ladies from Grease, and decided that we would then use a skate lace to make sure we were all “attached”. Two of my teammates would run the race three-legged style, while I would be blindfolded and not touching the ground. All we needed now was a pink Corvette for me to ride in. So in order to acquire said vehicle, we planned an elaborate heist of our local Zellers. Our target, a shopping cart (which we would pimp out and turn into a pink Corvette). Naturally, this failed miserably as the cart did not fit in the trunk of my little Honda Civic. Utterly dismayed, we headed home in defeat. It was in this moment of hopelessness that we spotted a mini Shoppers Drug mart shopping cart on the edge of my neighbouring strip mall. Without hesitation, we pounced. Victory was ours! Naturally, we won this year’s challenge by a landslide.
I went home for Thanksgiving this year, which was wonderful. It was the first time in two years that I’ve spent Thanksgiving at home, and it was so nice to be with my family. The weather cooperated, so I enjoyed four beautiful Vancouver days. I mainly just relaxed with my family, but got the opportunity to see my friends as well. All in all, it was a great weekend!!
As you’ve probably realized by now, I like to have a bit of fun whenever I can. This is why Halloween is one of my favourite holidays. I love to dress up, and wasn’t going to let a little thing like practice stop me. So this year, I skated onto the ice at 6:30am dressed as my favourite movie villain, Darth Vader, mask and all. I am clearly very cool.
This year, I’m playing center, and have enjoyed the challenge of learning a new position. With just under half of the half of our season to go, we’re sitting at .500. With just five games left to go before the holiday break, we’d really like to push up and above where we’re at now.