By Lonny Lovins
Generally coming into a city a day early provides you a good opportunity to rest and prepare for the tourney. However, on this trip, it has provided me a day to look at one of the nicest cities I have ever had the pleasure of visiting.
If you are a fan of Philadelphian architecture, and Canadian hospitality, this might be the perfect place for you. The downtown area is right on the waterfront, complete with some of the biggest yachts, and definitely the biggest sailboat I have ever seen. (Pushing roughly 200 feet.) There is a seaplane airport that provides you with a stellar view of the “tough commute” that some of the Victorians have to deal with on a daily basis. It is a sight to behold seeing the planes drift in for a landing with the sun setting behind them.
The weather is perfect. Not too hot, not too cold with a little breeze. Good golfing weather if I wasn’t so busy “working.” Speaking of the tournament, the rink is very clean and very well put together. It reminds me a lot of my home rink at Rollin Ice, with a tight knit community and more of a family feel. Although the tournament has just started, I can feel the intensity in the air, and I can sense that I am in for a good bit of hockey.
More updates to come as the tournament progresses…