Day 1: A whole new world
Well what a couple of days it's been since draft!
Once I left the rink, I went out to the dinner with my family. I had a flight at 7 o'clock so I had to pack all my stuff from the hotel. Here's how it went:
- Go to the restaurant and eat with my family.
- Get picked up by the cab from the restaurant and go straight to the airport.
- Got to stop home for 30 minutes... Home is Michigan, by the way.
- Grab my skates, a couple changes of clothes and right back to airport to come here.
That's a pretty quick turnaround but it's good.
The flight was good. Nice and short and I slept the whole time. I need to catch up after all that. When I landed here, I got picked up by the shuttle with a bunch of the guys and came to the rink and dropped some stuff off. Then back to the hotel, got settled in, met my roommate and went right to bed. I was still really tired from the trip.
I didn't know my roommate, but we're in the same draft class - it's Roddy Ross.
Back here at the rink for Day 1, it was just meetings and off-ice stuff. This facility though - it's unbelievable. I couldn't believe that it was just their practice facility at first. Everything is top notch. I'm just happy to be here and be a part of this week.
I know Wade Allison because he is going to Western Michigan and that's where I will be attending in the fall. Other than that, I don't really know anyone. My expectations are just to come here and get better. Show everyone what kind of player I'm about and the personality I have. Get to know everybody off the ice. Just be here and have a great week.
We had an opening meeting where we had to pair up with everyone and I met Isaac Ratcliffe. He's from London, Ontario. Got to chat with him for a little bit. His secret talent is he knows how to play the piano. That was an interesting thing to find out. He doesn't really look like a piano guy, but I guess it is.
Then we all went to Top Golf for dinner and a team activity. That was awesome. I grew up playing golf. My whole family plays but the last couple years I haven't had a lot of time to get out, I've been pretty busy, so last night my score didn't reflect on how good of a golfer I really am, ha!
Yorkie [Cam York] was killing it. He's a natural at top golf - it was a pretty impressive performance. We had a lot of fun.
That's it for my first day. Looking forward to getting on the ice on Tuesday and I'll catch up with everyone later. Thanks for following along!