With the 2010 IIHF World Championships underway in Cologne, Mannheim and Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Blue Jackets and Team Canada defenseman Kris Russell has checked in with his first of a few blog entries. Russell had the game-winning goal in Canada's 5-1 over Italy in its first game of the tournament this past Saturday.
Well, the tournament is in full swing as we have played three games and made it to the qualification round. We played well our first two games, but in the third game (against Switzerland) we got down early and couldn't seem to finish our chances. My "D"-partner has primarily been (Flames defenseman) Mark Giordano and so far, things have gone pretty good between us.
The ice surface is the bigger sheet of ice, which is good and bad. I like it because there is so much more ice to work with when you have the puck, but you also have a lot more ice to defend when the other team is attacking.
We've had a couple of full team activities. The other day we all went go-karting – the team and the staff. That was a lot of fun and then we had a team dinner another night. A lot of us are getting excited as our family's arrive tomorrow.
I have taken it pretty easy over here. I have gone for a couple of walks around the city, but have kept pretty busy with practices and games. I did try the German sausages and they are pretty good. I have found the food to be pretty similar to North America.
I will check back in with another blog in a couple of days. Thanks again to all who are reading. I hope you are enjoying it.
Hey CBJ fans, Kris Russell here checking in from Germany with my first blog post. I will keep in touch throughout the tournament with updates. So far things are going well as we won our first game 5-1 over Italy. I had a goal in the game and it felt good to get that first game under our belt.
After the Blue Jackets season ended, I took a little time off before I started working out with Barry Brennan (Blue Jackets Strength and Conditioning Coach) in the weight room. I also skated with Fedor Tyutin to get some work on the ice, as well.
I left Columbus May 1 and after a long seven hour and 40 minute flight from Newark (N.J.) to Hamburg, I finally arrived in Germany. It's my first time to Germany. The country is very nice, people are very friendly and most speak pretty good English, so I have been able to communicate pretty well.
I haven't done too much outside of practice and our exhibition game against Germany and the game against Italy, but plan to get out when we have some free time here in the next couple of days. I will check back in with another blog in a few days.
Thanks to everyone who is reading!