The road trip definitely started out the right way with the win in Ottawa last night. The team earned two points and I got to see my family.
My brother actually plays junior hockey in Gatineau, but unfortunately he was on the road so he didn’t get to see the game. He was watching on TV. My parents were there along with family and friends, including my next door neighbors from home. My billet family from Ottawa was there. It was great catching up with everyone.
I got to see my junior coach Brian Kilrea, which was a pretty special moment. He came to watch the game and said he was really proud of us. I gave him a phone call before the game just to talk to him and say hello and see if he could help me break this goalless streak. We talked and he’s still the same which is great.
I went to dinner our first night with the other Ottawa guys and Jason Demers
. We picked a nice steakhouse called STK Steakhouse and just told stories and reminisced about our junior days and Demers was all ears. There are a lot of good stories and we had a lot of fun in that city. I think all three of us agreed on how great that city is and how great it was to us. We went to that city as young boys and we turned into men. That’s probably our biggest memory. We did a lot of growing up in that city and we’ll never forget that.
We only get to go to Ottawa once every two years and it was a special moment for all three of us. We were definitely really pumped up and we knew we were going to get their best crowd as everyone was getting into it with the whole Dany Heatley situation. It was a special moment being able to play well and win in front of what we called our home fans when we were juniors.
Now we have to get ready for Montreal. My sleep won’t change very much with the day game. When a game is at two o’clock I don’t normally have breakfast food in the morning, I go straight for the pasta and chicken which is my pregame meal. I’ll get up, grab a coffee and go for a walk to get my legs loosened up. Then I’ll come back to the hotel and have a meal before we go to the rink and get ready to go.
That’s it from Canada.