Monday, 2:50 p.m. CST
Greetings and good afternoon from the Sheraton Suites in downtown Calgary.
A total of 13 players took the ice for today’s optional morning skate, where Mike Ramsey and Bob Mason were joined on the ice by Josh Harding
, who will be starting in net tonight, along with the following: 2, 3, 8, 9, 12, 18, 20, 22, 24, 51, 67 and 96.
Everyone was at the rink this morning, except for captain Kim Johnsson, who is flying back to Minnesota today to help his wife tend to a family emergency. As a result, the Wild will play with five defensemen tonight.
Final ticket count was 45 for our team today at a steep price of $173 Canadian each. I guess the economy is still going strong here in Calgary.
Our plane remained in Calgary last night, which should help make sure things are ready for our 9 a.m. departure tomorrow. Talked with the person in charge of customs this morning and we should be all set. Monday, 12:30 a.m. CST
As is always the case in back-to-back games, the team left the arena quickly en route to the airport for an 8:30 p.m. CST departure for Calgary. Food from Cossetta’s, including chicken and pasta, were available in the player’s lounge postgame to allow them an opportunity to eat something more substantial than pizza in preparation for another game Monday night.
A train crossing Chestnut Street slowed everyone’s progress in trying to get to Sheppard Road after the game, and screening at the airport, for the second time in a row, was extremely slow, despite the fact no one really had much in the way of luggage for the one-game trip. We did, however, depart before the Blackhawks, which was a small victory for us.
The final manifest showed 40 people on tonight’s flight, including owner Craig Leipold and his son, Bradford, who also attended the Vikings game this afternoon, along with Doug Risebrough and Tom Lynn.
Marc-Andre Bergeron, Marian Gaborik, Owen Nolan and assistant athletic trainer Travis Green (flu) did not make the trip.
This is our first trip to Calgary this season, and I forgot how many ticket requests we usually have from our players here. We are up to 44 tickets requested already, plus and I'm sure we'll have a few more tomorrow morning, but, hopefully, no one else needs a lot as we are very close to our limit of 50. Krys Kolanos and Craig Weller are both from Calgary, and Nick Schultz spends part of his offseason here.
Nice to see everything is covered in white snow here in Calgary. We arrived at our hotel at 11:35 p.m. local time and the team will have an optional 11:30 a.m. practice at the Pengrowth Saddledome. Stay tuned and have a good night.