For the Sharks Joe Pavelski
, he is excited to be representing his country, but is also happy to have adjusted to the Swiss time zone after a whirlwind trip to Europe for hockey’s World Championships.
“The travel day was long,” said Pavelski. “I left at 7 a.m. and got in at 9 a.m. here,” said Pavelski. “I’ve tried to get my rest and get my body adjusted.”
No matter how tired he is, Pavelski would not pass on the opportunity to pull on the red, white and blue sweater.
“This is one of my first USA events,” said Pavelski. “I didn’t play in the World Juniors or any thing like that. You dream about that growing up.”
There are no other Sharks on Team USA, but Pavelski does have a lot of familiarity with his teammates.
“Everyone is from the NHL, so I’ve played against most of them,” said Pavelski. “There are a couple of college guys.”
The trip is about business, but the nature of the European city will allow the Sharks second line center to take in some sight seeing.
“Things are pretty accessible with the transportation and the ability to walk around,” said the Plover, Wisconsin product. “It’s pretty cool. The downtown is busy and it’s a different lifestyle.”
Pavelski had to quickly adjust to new teammates, but it wasn’t too difficult in his first two games.
“I played with a few different guys,” said Pavelski. “I’ve played with Higgins and O’Sullivan the second game. There are a lot of good players, so it makes it easy.”
Overall the experience has been a big plus for Pavelski.
“It’s been a good few days,” said Pavelski.
He’s looking forward to a few good games, beginning with Team USA’s quarterfinal match up with Finland on Wednesday.