Archive for November, 2009

4 games in 5 days

Posted in Uncategorized on November 30, 2009 by inthecreasewiththiess

One of the drawbacks of playing in the minor leagues is the schedule which, unlike the schedule in the NHL, tries to fit in as many games in on the weekend.  That results in a few 3 games in 3 days sprinkled in throughout the schedule, throw in a game on Wednesday and you got yourselves 4 games in 5 days.  In the past 3 years in college we had 2 instances in which we had 3 games in 3 days, both playoff series.  The difference between those 3 games in 3 days was that all 3 games were in one location, no travel involved.  Here is a little itinerary of the past 5 days for us.  We start off by playing at home on Wednesday night, the next day, thanksgiving we practice in the morning, head to Pastor Dick’s church where we were treated to a wonderful thanksgiving meal and get on the bus heading to Rochester.  After that 4 hour trip we get in the hotel, get up on friday, practice, play Rochester at night, get back on the bus and get into our beds back in Wilkes Barre around 2:30 a.m.  We play at home saturday night, then sunday we get back on the bus headed to Hershey to finish off the weekend.  It doesn’t make it easier when the games don’t go as well as we hoped.  The number of movies watched during a season on the bus probably stretches into the hundreds.  The rookies are in charge of bringing the movies for every trip, and it’s not easy to make everyone happy.  A good bus movie usually is something that makes everyone laugh, or a good action movie.  Movies that you have to pay attention and get into usually don’t cut it on the bus.

To respond to a few of the comments, Matt I know I hated the Terriers as well when I played at NU but now that I have a couple of them on my team, it’s fun to talk hockey east hockey and reminisce about those days, as well as keep up on how our teams are doing.  Also it has been good to play with John Curry because he kind of has gone about things the way I am starting.  He played college, came to Wilkes Barre and is now excelling so I can learn from what he has gone through. 

And also wanted to say thanks to Kenny and Steven for the comment!  Hope you guys are doing well, always had fun working with you guys in Penticton.

back to try it again

Posted in Uncategorized on November 24, 2009 by inthecreasewiththiess

All right so it has been just over 2 months since I have put in an entry on the ol blog and it’s about time to start it up again.  With it being my first year being a pro, going through my first NHL training camp and playing in the American Hockey League here in Wilkes Barre a lot has taken place.  I have admittedly done a terrible job of keeping up on my writing here, which I had said I would keep up.  So I am back to try it again and be a little more diligent at putting in posts on a consistent basis.  

It definitely has been a learning experience going from playing college hockey to playing professionally.  The rigors of college hockey, getting up and going to class, heading to the rink to practice, then heading home to catch up on homework or head to study hall are no longer present.  Now we get up, head to practice, then figure out which movie to go to or video game to watch.  Okay it’s not really like that all the time but there is definitely a lot more down time playing pro hockey.  It’s not college or junior hockey now though, this is our job and we have to make wise decisions and give ourselves the best possible chance to succeed on the ice, which was also the case at other levels but now this is it, no class, no homework.  It’s an adjustment trying to find the balance to everything.  Riding the bus also occupy’s a lot of time as it is no longer the luxury of playing in Hockey East and the looong 2 hour bus ride to UMass now seems like a dream.  

I’m looking forward to talking more about what goes on during our bus trips around the eastern seaboard, what different things we do as a team to keep things light during an 80 game season, and what it is like to play in the American Hockey League compared to college. 

Before I end this post I’d also like to mention that I have had a number of NU Husky fans come up to me at a few of our games close to boston and talk to me about how the team is doing and what not.  Always enjoy seeing fans of the Huskies and I always make sure I check the box scores to see how the team is doing.  We have a friendly rivalry on our team going between the 2 huskies, myself and Joey Vitale and the hated Terriers Brian Strait, John Curry and assistant coach John Hynes, and right now Joey and I have had the upper hand, hopefully that continues!