It feels like it’s been so long since I wrote a blog during an actual hockey season! So here is my first blog of the 2012-2013 Concordia Stingers season. As you know, there have been many huge developments for our program over the summer, but it is finally time to get playing hockey and proving ourselves worthy of that which has been given to us.
As for me, I finished my two-week stint working at hockey camps in Kingston, Ontario and went to spend the Labor Day weekend with my high school friends, at their family cottage, as we have done every year since high school. It was nice to relax for a few days and not be constantly entertaining 30 kids between the ages of 7 and 12. I must say that I really did enjoy my time working at the hockey camp and I’m already getting excited for next year!
Stingers training camp opened after Labor Day and our first official team activity was the fan-favorite fitness testing! We all survived the session and Audrey Morand, a second-year forward set a new school record for chin-ups! Overall, it was as enjoyable as fitness testing can be and we got it out of the way early!
Finally it was time to take the ice! We were put through some tough skates and evaluations but it felt nice to be back in the Maroon and Gold and to be with the team. We practiced for almost three weeks before our first exhibition game at Queen’s. Because the RSEQ Women’s Hockey travel schedule is extremely light compared to other conferences, I am really looking to our pre-season schedule, which involves the road trips and team bonding that ensues. We are lucky in some respects to have a lighter travel schedule, but there’s nothing that can replace the feeling of being on a true “roady” with your hockey family!
This past weekend, we played the University of Waterloo at home on Saturday afternoon. Despite not coming out with the W, there were many positives to be taken out from that game and I think if we can build on the foundation we laid during that game, we will have a successful season. After the game, we boarded the bus and headed up north to Mont-Tremblant for our team retreat! Our retreat two years ago was a great success and we have all been looking forward to this weekend since we received the schedule during the summer. While what happens at retreat stays at retreat, I can let you know that there was an immense amount of team bonding, getting-to-know-you-games, laughter and spontaneous singing of Celine Dion songs, among other activities! Overall it was a great weekend and I believe it will be a huge contributor to our success this upcoming season. I am so optimistic for 2012-2013! We still have 5 pre-season games (Ryerson, York, UPEI (x2) and U de Moncton) left before our Home Opener, October 13, 2012. I am very much looking forward to our Maritimes trip to end the pre-season. I think a 14-hour roadie will help solidify our team and ensure that we are ready to tackle the regular season as a unit. Also, this is will allow me to cross one more Canadian province off my visited list. I have never been to Prince Edward Island before and I am so excited to cross the Confederation Bridge and see the beaches!
Hope everyone is enjoying being back on the rink !
With Stinger Pride,
Ps: Hungry hockey players had to order pizza to the retreat at 1am on Sunday morning. This crisis could have been averted if we had received cookies from a mother of a goalie who shall remain unnamed! Lots of love!