VANCOUVER — Good morning (or good afternoon for almost all of you) from Vancouver.
The pic posted above was actually taken yesterday. Today it is cloudy and rainy. The clouds are so low you can’t even see the mountains from here. It is supposed to clear up the next couple of days.
Right now, I’m waiting to head out to team practice (2:30 p.m. Pacific, 4:30 Central). They are practicing at an arena less than a mile from where the games will be played.
Yesterday, I had a bit of an adventure getting here (ended up getting put on a flight to Saskatoon first), but still made it in early. I flew out of Winnipeg, so I attended the Jets-Sabres game the night before and wrote a story about Drew Stafford.
Not much has gone right for the Sabres this year. They have the NHL’s worst record. But Stafford seemed pretty upbeat. He’s been getting a lot more ice time when their new coach and his production has started to increase. Here’s the story.
UND arrived in Vancouver much later and had to go straight from the airport to Rogers Arena for the Canucks-Lightning game.
The Lightning won 4-2. After the game, I was able to chat briefly with former DU coach George Gwozdecky, who is now the assistant coach with Tampa Bay. He’s a great personality and someone the college game definitely misses (as do the media members).
UND usually drops all equipment off at the arena upon arrival for weekend series, but because it had to go straight to Rogers Arena, the team had to haul everything to their rooms last night.
I’ll have some reports from practice coming in the paper tomorrow. I plan on chatting with some of UND’s British Columbia products, like Troy Stecher, who is from the suburb of Richmond.