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Nov. 7, 20081:15 Pacific
A select group of around 10 players are currently on the ice at Pacific Coliseum, since one of my favorites, Trans Siberian Orchestra, is playing GM Place tonight.
To give you an indication of who might skate on a day like this, we have Josh Harding
, Tomas Mojzis, Erik Reitz, Marc-Andre Bergeron, Benoit Pouliot, Colton Gillies, Craig Weller, Krys Kolanos and Derek Boogaard.
Jacques Lemaire is not attending, which will make the Vancouver media a bit upset I'm sure. They love Jacques. The rest of the team was having an off-ice workout back at GM Place.
Pacific Coliseum is a grand old building -- home of Bob Mason's last NHL game. The Canucks beat the Winnipeg Jets, 3-1, in that game, and Mason still laments the late goal by Phil Housley that cost him the shutout.
The WHL's Vancouver Giants play here now. For an older building, it's in good shape. Kind of funny though, the roof looks like it's made out of plywood.
Travel last night was nearly flawless, which may not be much fun for you to read, but if you only knew how much less stressful it is for me. Our flight attendant the last two legs of the trip, Amber, is great, too. She had customs forms for our return trip Sunday waiting for me in my seat pocket, and she had already filled out the arriving flight information on the Canadian customs forms we needed to turn in last night when we arrived.
I said likely 1:45 a.m. arrival at the hotel, and we were 10 minutes earlier than that.
When we woke up, due to the huge Irish/Celtic dance competition at the hotel, there were kids running around everywhere this morning.
As I've mentioned at length, Vancouver is my favorite city, even on a rainy day as it is today. So you'll hear from me tomorrow. I plan on walking around town after practice and for most of this evening.