I’ve never been to Quebec City before and before yesterday didn’t really have a chance to see much of it. I went to Old Quebec the other day and enjoyed that.
Pretty much anywhere I go, fans are stopping to say hi. A lot of people giving congratulations on the season, saying that they’re looking forward to next year, also wishing good luck for next year and at the Worlds.
Yesterday was the first full day off - no practice or game - that I’ve had since I got here last week. We have a couple of days in between games so the whole team went for a boat ride in the afternoon. It was nice but it was cold! It’s good to have this time off before the Quarterfinals start tomorrow. We played three games in four nights, including back-to-back games on the weekend. Today, we just have a practice so after that I’ll probably walk around for a bit and then get some rest to be ready for Wednesday.
I’ve played in three games so far and after spending seven months with Alex and Andrei my wings, it’s a little different not having them on either side but it’s not that hard to get used to. I know a lot of the guys from playing against them in the NHL or training with them in the summer. It was a lot stranger playing against Andrei but it was also fun. We would sort of joke around with each other on the ice.
You’ve probably heard that the international game is different from the NHL game. The way they call the game at the Worlds is different than the NHL. I was given a roughing penalty Sunday against Sweden but it wasn’t anything more than just a scramble in front of the net. I can’t remember the last time I got a roughing penalty.
Just like the refs are different, so are the coaches. When you’re used to playing a system for the whole year and then you join the national team, it’s kind of hard to adjust because of the different coaching styles. It’s been a little tough for me because the change was so quick. I’m still getting used to it.
With the exception of a few guys, almost our entire team is made up of NHL players and that makes it easier because the national team style of play is different from what I’m used to in Montreal. I don’t really have to get used to the guys so much as the system we play.
Next up for us: a rematch with Sweden in the Quarterfinals tomorrow.
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