28 November, 2012

Playing In Front of 5,000 Fans

Hi everyone,

On the weekend of the 17th the newly un-named team traveled to Toronto to take on the Furies in a 3 game series. I say newly un-named because we just got the news the week before we left that the Calgary Flames are sponsoring our team donating $20,000 annually for 4 years! This was great news not only for our team but for the league as well! Its nice to see some interest and investment in women's hockey to help build a better future.

With that being said we had a solid week of practice and were ready to go to Toronto. We heard that there would be free admissions to our game, so we were excited to see the turn out on saturday night.

Saturday morning came early for me as I had to leave at 4:30 am from edmonton to make it on time to calgary for our 10 o'clock flight to TO. With a quick self check in we were off to security. Pretty sure that’s everyones least favorite part of flying. Do I really need to take my computer out of its case? Anyway, next up was Starbucks for a quick caffeine fix then order subway for after our game.

The flight went by pretty quick. Thank god for TLC's  marathon of murder mysteries that was playing on TV .I was sitting next to #9 Lauren Chiswell and  #19 Stephanie Roy. We would try to guess who the murderer was before they revealed it.

Once we arrived in Toronto we had a quick meal at the airport before we got on the bus en route to the Air Canada Center. The way there I felt myself getting pretty tired, however once we got to the rink and started warmup adrenaline was pumping. On ice warm-up was bit nerve racking seeing all those people there. The lights were so bright almost like a spotlight was on us. "5,000 people" did I hear that right? Before the national Anthem, my current and former teammate at UdeM Kathy Desjardins told me to look at a sign that read "I'm watching my future".  If I was a little tired, reading that sign made it turn into fuel. 

We ended up losing the game 3-0, however it was a night that myself and the rest of my teammates will never forget! It was truly and honor and a pleasure to play in front of all those people and I hope it is only the beginning for women’s hockey.

The rest of the weekend didn’t turn out like we had hoped, we played well on Sunday but ended with a loss.  On Monday we played a better two period game but fell short in the 3rd, ending with a 3-1 loss.

This week of practice we got ready to take on the Toronto Furies again, but this time with home ice advantage! Partnering with the Calgary Flames, we host the Toronto Furies for a three game series. Saturday nights game is at the Winsport Arena. There will be a silent auction, 50/50 tickets and in game prizes.  ADMISSION IS FREE!! 

Come out and show support!

Talk to you soon,

Kristine LaBrie

sarah says:
29 November, 2012 at 06:41 AM
Great article! What a wonderful evening at the ACC. The teams really rose to the occasion. Best hockey I've seen there in a while ;-)

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