We are now in Ottawa, but I want to reflect on Montreal for a second. A visit to the Bell Centre has to be tops on the list of any hockey fan.
What an amazing building, atmosphere and show they put on in Montreal. The history of the team speaks for itself, but the way the organization honours their heroes is second to none. Their open, which takes about 15 minutes, makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up.
Okay, back to Ottawa. I may be getting used to this eastern weather, but it is quite a bit warmer here. I left my gloves in my room this morning and didn’t panic when I got outside, that’s a big step forward for me.
The team practiced at Scotiabank Place today. For the second time on this trip, the Canucks are waiting for the home team to arrive. The Senators put their 9 game win streak up against the Sabres in Buffalo tonight.
Scotiabank Place is literally in the middle of nowhere. We’re staying downtown, just steps from the Parliament buildings, and it is a 25-30 minute bus ride to the rink (when there is no traffic). Because of that, only the players that aren’t playing will skate tomorrow. With the Senators traveling tonight, it will be a quiet morning skate.
Alain Vigneault wasn’t tipping his hand at practice today, but if I was a betting woman I would say Darcy Hordichuk is coming out and Tanner Glass is going back in. We’ll have to wait and see if I am right.
There could also be a change on the back end, but again we likely won’t know till game time with no skate tomorrow.
Roberto Luongo has been breaking in brand new stark white gear at practice lately. It will be the gear he wears at the Olympics. Today, the Olympic skaters joined him, breaking in new gloves. It was interesting to see all the different country colours out there today.
Shane O’Brien’s dad was at practice today and glowing with pride. This has been a good trip for him to reconnect with family. He’s had someone in every city so far.
Today is Rory's birthday - the fourth of the trip. Assistant Equipment Manager Jamie Hendricks was first, then John Shorthouse and team photographer Jeff Vinnick, and now Rory. It has made for way too much cake, luckily this is the last of it.
The Canucks have now been on the road for seven days and have played just two games. The next two come quickly; Thursday night and Saturday afternoon, but after that they get another break, albeit in Tampa Bay on Superbowl Sunday.