Hope you are enjoying the feeling of being back on the ice and playing games. It certainly is a thrill to be back on the ice five days a week and to be with the team every day. We are anxiously awaiting the completion of the renovation of the Ed Meagher Arena, which is imminent. While it has been a challenge to be practicing off-campus, it has helped bring us to together as a team, as we fight through adversity as one unit. The completion of the rink will be an added bonus to what has been a memorable season so far.
The regular season got underway this past weekend. Although we didn’t get the results we were hoping far, we battled hard in our two games and hopefully send a message to our opponents. We are not a team to be taken lightly. With ten first-year players on our roster, we have a slightly bigger learning curve, but they are all adapting well to our systems and routines. The atmosphere around this team is excellence and is hopefully contagious around the athletic complex. On a personal note, it felt nice to break the ice and get my first of (hopefully) many points this season. I would have traded that assist for two points in the win column, though. I have to admit that we had a pretty wild celly after that goal, and we were fortunate to have it captured on camera, so I’ve included it in my blog.
As for me, I have been keeping busy with school and hockey. I am close to finishing my application for medical school for next year, which will be a huge weight off my shoulder when they have all been submitted. It’s been tough balancing academics this semester, because I have a challenging course load, but I know in the end it will be all worth it.
This past week, we were rewarded as a team with tickets to the Canada-USA tune up game in Boisbriand! Not only did we get to see Canada dominate in a great game, it was also a privilege to see our coach, Caroline Ouellette, who is centralized in Calgary this year, score a highlight reel goal! We will be closely following Canada’s progress in anticipation of the Winter Olympic Games in February.
This past weekend, the Stingers were treated to a great surprise before our first game, with the unveiling of our new road jerseys. I have to admit, we are one good-looking hockey team in those uniforms and maroon and gold suits everyone so nicely. “Look good, feel good, play good”
With Stinger Pride,