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A Day Off on the Water: Pionk World Championship Journal Day 6

by Neal Pionk @NPionk95 / New York Rangers

It's 75 degrees and sunny and we have the day off. 

Let's go fishing.

About 14 of us, including Kreids, Dylan Larkin, Johnny Gaudreau and Cam Atkinson, found a spot about 12 miles outside of Herning to spend the day doing some short fishing. I didn't catch anything, but it was still great to get out in the sun, away from the hotel and away from the rink and relax a bit.

It's important to do just that. It's a physical break from the game, but it's also - at least for me - important to get a mental break as well, and fishing is a great way to do just that. I don't do it enough back home during the summer as I'd like to, but I go out a few times during the offseason just to get away from everything.

After knowing just Kreids before the tournament began, I'm starting to get to know the guys much better. My roommate, Jordan Oesterle, has been great. You always get close to the guys you sit near in the locker room, and for me that's been Alec Martinez, Nick Jensen and Quinn Hughes.

The city of Herning has been a blast to explore and see change during the tournament. When we arrived two days prior to the start of the tournament, the area was a little quiet, with many shops and restaurants not yet open.

But now, the area has been electric. The streets are packed and everything is open. There's so much buzz around the tournament, and it's been cool to see fans come in from Latvia, Germany and so many other countries. It's a melting pot from all over Europe coming together because of hockey.

We're back at it tomorrow against Latvia, who is in the thick of the standings with us in Group B with five points, just two behind Canada and three behind us. It's going to be a tough game. They're going to come out and work extremely hard. They're playing well and we have to be ready for them right from the start.

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