28 December, 2011

Day 2: Konichiwa from Sapporo!

Konichiwa from Sapporo, 

Day 2 of our trip marked the first time the Stingers took to the ice in Japan. Firstly, I don't think I've slept as well as I did last night in a really long time. As soon as my head hit the pillow, I was out cold. This morning, we awoke to a traditional Japanese breakfast in the hotel before heading out to the rink. 

Once at the rink, we set up our dressing room to mimic the room in Montreal as best as possible and did our off-ice warm-up. We finally got on the ice, and it felt nice to skate and touch a puck after almost a month off. The nice feeling didn't last long though, as skating the Olympic ice surface after such a long travel day proved to be a challenge. We were bagged! But that's why we scheduled practice before our first game. 

This afternoon, we were given some free time before our second practice of the day. Some girls chose to nap, others to swim. Alex, Erica, Gab and I are going to explore the area were in before going to watch tomorrow's opponent play an exhibition game against a boys team. Our walking tour of the city was really enjoyable. We got to see a new part of the word and our Japanese vocabulary doubled: we now know two words instead of one. 

After two practices, it is finally time for dinner. I think the girls are excited to get some food in our stomachs and get into bed, since tomorrow is a big day. Tomorrow we have a pre-game skate and then we play the first of three games against Team Japan. Tonight, we will dine with them at the hotel restaurant. 

Today was a very productive and eventful day. Two practices and a few hours of walking and touring it is safe to say we are ready to take to the ice and compete. So excited for Game Day!!!

With Stinger Pride, 



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