Yesterday was the first day I got to skate with the veterans and it was really great. On the bus on the way over to UBC and even in the dressing room looking across and seeing guys I watched on tv, I was definitely a little nervous in the morning. But once I got my skates on, I felt better. As soon as I got on the ice, I was able to get the nerves out right away and I felt really confident out there.
I know it was only practice but having all the fans around watching makes it feel a lot more real and that this is really happening so that’s cool. I can’t wait to get into some games and get the season started.
I’m excited about tonight’s game in Terrace – the buzz leading up to it has already been overwhelming. The welcome the team received when we arrived was incredible and it’s no surprise that Terrace won the Hockeyville contest. As soon as you get here, it’s obvious what a huge hockey-town it is and I can’t wait to go out there and play some hockey.
My mom was worried about me after the game we played in Leduc against the Oiler rookies after I didn’t return to the game. I was elbowed on my first shift and didn’t play the rest of the game just as a precaution.
The doctor just thought it would be better just in case something went wrong. I’ve a got a good battle wound from it but that’s part of the game. It’s still a little sore but I’ll be fine for tonight.
We had a day off after we got back from Edmonton and it was nice to get to relax before main camp. I walked around downtown near Robson area and bought a pair of shoes at Footlocker and then just got back to the hotel and did very little.
Shoes are probably my shopping vice – I think this is my fifth or sixth pair of sneakers, which isn’t too bad but I have to admit that it’s a bad habit. If I could, I would probably buy a lot more but I try to stay away from it.