Several of the San Jose Sharks players spent their off-day Monday in Washington at the National Archives, and a private tour included seeing the de-classified game plan for the United States to attack … Canada?
It is true. Several of the artifacts the Sharks were able to see had a Canadian theme, including an attack plan from 1931 should the United States ever feel the need to invade its neighbor to the north.
"I'm sure they have one now, too, just in case, but it was pretty cool to see that one from back then," Sharks forward Logan Couture
said. "We saw a medal of honor -- the first one -- which was really cool. I've never seen anything like that before. Obviously being Canadian we don't really study about that stuff too much, but to see it first-hand was pretty cool. I'll remember it for a long time. It was definitely worth going."
Among the other tidbits of history the Sharks were able to see included original patents of hockey-related items like sticks and skates, as well as the main attractions -- the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence.
After the tour the players had time to take in some of the other sights, as well. It was a day that ended up being a little different than the routine of the road in the NHL -- and a welcome respite from the players' reactions.
"It was fun. You see a lot of stuff you haven't seen before and a lot of history," said Joe Pavelski
, a Stevens Point, Wisc., native. "To be there in person and feel everything around you -- it was pretty fun. Everyone who went on the tour was pretty happy they went."