It's about 8:15 a.m. when the boat carrying Nick Leddy and Mathew Barzal - two of the guest NHLers at Andrew Ladd's charity fishing tournament - parks at the "money hole," right on the edge of a deep ledge that one of the local guides predicts should see plenty of action at the early hour.
For a laugh, Barzal walks out to the back of the boat and goes full Tarzan, pounding his chest, yelling and letting the echoes bounce between the mountains. Barzal elicits laughs from his boat and the media vessel tailing them, but Leddy reels the rookie of the year in a little bit.
"Can you please be quiet," Leddy says slyly. "We're trying to fish."
While most hockey players look to get their number retired to the rafters, Anthony Beauvillier has found a mouth-watering way to leave his mark in Shawinigan, Quebec.
Beauvillier has been immortalized via the Tito Burger, a pair of mini bacon cheeseburgers served exclusively at Mont Blanc, a bar, bistro and ice cream shop on 186 Rue Principale, Saint-Boniface-de-Shawinigan.
The mini burgers are topped with bacon, lettuce, tomato, cheese and caramelized onions and served with a cone of fries and mayonnaise on the side.
Shawinigan itself isn't a big city. It made it's mark originally as a pulp/paper industry town off the Saint Maurice River and is home to about 50,000. But for Beauvillier, who played three years of junior for the Cataractes, it holds a lot of memories and a place in his heart, which is why he's on hand in late May to give the New York Islanders digital team a tour for the team's inaugural Summer Series.
The handshaking begins immediately as Beauvillier walks through the doors of Centre Gervais Auto - the Cataractes' arena. Beauvillier seemingly knows everyone at the rink, from the front office staff in the box office, to the equipment staff and PR guys hanging around the rink.
The Red Rocks Amphitheater has 70 rows from the stage to the nosebleeds, which feel a little higher in the altitude, and Scott Mayfield is running each one, zig-zagging his way up like a series of switchbacks.
He's further weighed down by a weight vest, which seemed like a good idea when he pulled up in his Ford F-150 at 7:30 a.m. but is slightly more regrettable on row 53.
At first glance, there doesn't seem to be anything different about Scott Mayfield's two-year-old golden doodle, Odis. He's friendly, with a ton of energy, likes his walks and perks up when he hears people walking towards the front door.
But while other dogs double as vacuums when food falls on the floor, Odis needs a seat at the table.