I don’t know what it is about the Buffalo air, but each time I return from the holiday break I seem to get sick. After returning from home, the team battled through some tough practices, working off all the turkey and other calories that were consumed over break. Our lungs were not the only things screaming, as many of the guys were also battling the flu, which had crept its way into the locker room.
For some, the illness was cured just in time to enjoy the New Year. As the end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009 were counted down from ten, many of the men made a phone call home to family and friends. I however, still feeling the effects of the flu bug, made my phone calls earlier in the day to family and friends because sound sleep had been less then attainable for me and I wanted to try be sawing logs when the clock struck 12.
It worked out that I was able to enjoy the evening a little bit. The night began a few houses down where a few others and I found a comfy spot on the couch to enjoy the World Junior Hockey Championship. One of the most heated rivalries in hockey was living up to its reputation and I did not want to miss it. Not only was it bragging rights between the 49th parallel, but also the Canadian and American Griffs were looking for bragging rights. After Team Canada spotted Team USA an early three-goal lead, Canada came back scoring four unanswered goals of its own. Canada would go on to score two empty net goals and win the game 7-4. When the score was 2-0, I knew we could come back. However, when Team USA made it 3-0, doubt began to settle into many of the Canadians minds. Like many other great teams, Team Canada fought back for its place in the championship bracket and the young men in Maple Leaf Red did all that was in their power to come out on top.
Well as some might say, with the good guys winning, I was able to enjoy the rest of the night in peace. After I made a few phone calls to make sure all the Americans on the team knew who won, I gave a few guys a ride to some destinations of their choice, then headed to a friends house to watch the ball drop. All in all, my New Year’s Eve night was the same as many before it. While playing Junior Hockey, my team always played against the rival Estevan Bruins on New Year’s Day. So I have not been able to ring in the New Year like many others.
With 2009 underway, the team was back to work. For many sports fans and players alike, the second half of the season is always more fun and enjoyable. This is the point in time when heroes shine, memories both fond and sad are made, and all the work from the months before mean the most because from here on out, There Is No Tomorrow.
This is your captain here, over and out
Did you Know...
• Team Canada is playing for its fifth straight World Junior Championship?
• Buffalo will host the 2011 World Junior Championship?
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