Wow… that’s all I can say right now!
Let’s recap the last day or so and put a wrap on my All-Star weekend blog. Last time I blogged, I was getting ready to hit the ice for the Skills competition at Scotiabank Place. I can’t remember being so nervous in a long time! When they called my name (and I even went first, too) for the Breakaway challenge, I almost forgot the move I had in mind for the first attempt.
It was me against Brian Elliot from the Blues, and my first try didn’t go as planned…and neither did my second one. But the third time ended up being the charm to actually pull off the move, but Elliot didn’t move! I wanted to drag the puck back around him, but I actually banked it off his skate. Patrick Kane from the Blackhawks was easily the star of the Skills C
ompetition – I thought the “Superman” look with the cape and glasses was awesome. Did you see him shuffle the puck to himself with his glove while lying flat on the ice? I don’t know if I’d want to try that!
One thing I also know: I would not want to be in the way of a Zdeno Chara slap shot. I couldn’t believe when he broke his own record and blasted one at 108.8 miles per hour…that’s unreal. It was such a cool event to be part of, especially as a 19-year-old rookie, and I was proud to be able to represent the Columbus Blue Jackets all weekend long. I was also really happy to share the experience with my two friends and mother who were with me every step of the way in Ottawa.
Yesterday’s main event was so neat, too. And in case you didn’t know, Team Chara came away with the win! Just kidding, but man, it was great to see all of the greatest hockey players in the world face off for one special game. It’s not every day that you can say you met some of the game’s greats in the same locker room and got to see how they prepare and do things for an entire weekend. I can definitely take a lot of what I learned and apply that to my career!
Now it’s back to the second half of the season and I’m excited to get rolling with the guys here in Columbus once again. I flew out of Ottawa first thing Monday morning (maybe too early, haha) and then went from Columbus to San Jose where I am right now. We’re back on the ice tonight against the Sharks at the “Shark Tank” and it feels good to be back in game mode again.
Thanks for reading my blog all weekend and sharing this honor with me!