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Playing My First Game In Pittsburgh

by Christian Hanson / Toronto Maple Leafs
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Hey fans,

I’m really looking forward to our game this Sunday as it will be my first time playing in my hometown of Pittsburgh. My family and friends are getting really excited and I will probably have a couple of hundred fans there. Thankfully that’s the good thing of being on the road, you’re not allocated that many tickets! I’m still getting messages from friends saying that they will be there cheering me on so it will be really special.

Growing up in Pittsburgh you always watched the Pens, they were always on TV and it’s something like Toronto where every Leafs game is on TV. Being a hockey player growing up there and playing against the team that you always watched and to skate in one of the last games at the Mellon Arena, it will be something that I will remember for a while.

Since my last blog I had a chance to go to the Alicia Keys concert at the ACC with Bozie (Tyler Bozak), Schenner (Luke Schenn) and Mike van Ryn. It was a nice show and I didn’t know that much about her music but I just like going to concerts for the live music and the atmosphere.

There have been a bunch of new movies out lately and me and a couple of the guys have gone to check them out.  The best movie that we saw recently was She’s Out Of My League which I thought was absolutely hilarious and the movie was based in Pittsburgh which was great. I went with Bozak and (Phil) Kessel and every time they showed something from Pittsburgh I would nudge Bozak who was fed up by the end of the night!

This past Monday, myself, Bozak, Kessel and Viktor Stalberg saw the Bounty Hunter with Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston and to be honest if I was a movie critic I wouldn’t have given it a good rating. It was disappointing and we didn’t leave the movie as satisfied as some of the other ones.  All the best parts of the movie were in the previews! With all the movies that we’ve been watching we might have to get a TV show as movie critics!

The movie that I’m really looking forward to is one that came out Friday, Hot Tub Time Machine.  I can’t wait to check that one out. It’s always the same routine when we go to the movies. We have a restaurant that we always go to where we always get the same thing for dinner before we go to the movie.  I’ll let you know what’s like in my next blog.

I haven’t been watching too much of the NCAA March Madness but I know that Notre Dame lost in the first round. Anytime your University is on the national stage you want to support them and to see them bow out so early was heart breaking.  It’s been a tough year for Notre Dame sports, the hockey team lost in the league playoffs this year. I guess they missed me!

I can’t say that I really know anyone on the Fighting Irish basketball team but when you’re a college athlete you have a different lifestyle then the usual college student. You tend to hang out with athletes more because your schedules co-ordinate more often so you really do get to meet some people in the other sports.

I hung out with a lot of the lacrosse players and one of my best friends, Tom Zbikowski played football for Notre Dame and he now plays for the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL. He was going to try and come up here but with the season winding down so fast he probably won’t be able to make it.

Until next time,

March 18, 2010

Hey fans!

I’m not sure how many of you have seen the recent edition of The Hockey News but there is a story in there about me and my family. We are a very close family and I have a great relationship with my dad, Dave who is hands down my best friend.

Growing up, he was always the one person that, no matter what happened, I could turn to for advice. Obviously he played hockey and growing up through the years, he was my coach. Once he stopped being my coach, anytime I had trouble or highs or lows he would be the one guy that I could call and relate to.

Even now that I’m with the Leafs, no matter what I’ve experienced so far in my short career he’s had similar experiences.
In the article, coach Dallas Eakins has some really great thinks to say about me but that makes me look at my parents and say thank you.

My parents have done a great job in raising, not only me, but my two sisters who are also two of my best friends. My one sister (Sarah) still lives at home and my other sister who is married (Erin) just had a daughter and lives about 30 minutes away so on any given day we can get together and it’s pretty nice to be able to do that.

In my last blog I had told you guys about a few movies that I saw but I haven’t seen any lately. I know a few of the boys went to see Brooklyn’s Finest on Monday but I went to dinner with Tomas Kaberle and then to the Muse concert at the ACC.

The concert was pretty good. Neither of us really knew much about the band but there are only three guys in the band but they make quite a racket!

It was one of those concerts where you don’t know the songs by name but when you hear the song it’s something you are familiar with. It was a little different then the Eric Clapton concert that I went to in February. The Clapton crowd was older and more laid back. The Muse crowd was younger and had a lot of rocker kids.

People have been asking me what it’s like to have such a young team. I think it has been great that so many guys have been given these opportunities. Being on the road last week was a great bonding experience for the entire team.

I also just wanted to wish myself a happy belated birthday (Haha)!   My parents weren’t able to come up Wednesday because my dad was working, but my sisters came up to visit.  They came to the game Tuesday and it was nice to spend some time with them. They had to leave Wednesday night because Sarah had to get back to work and Erin had to take her daughter Avery to the doctor.

Until next time,

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