I didn’t realize it at the time I booked this trip, but this game happened on the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, an event that shaped the American people for decades to come. (and 10 days later the Capitol turned 150 years old!) Washington bears witness to a long and eventful history, and we used the opportunity to play tourist for a couple of days and see the various monuments and museum that are legion around the National Mall. We flew in from Montreal the day before the game so we had the entire game day available, as well as most of the day after. We would try to cram in as much sightseeing as possible.
I spent last week in Vancouver for a work related conference, and while I was sad that the event happened in the offseason, I still used the opportunity to walk around the city and explore its connection to hockey.
My first stop was of course the Rogers Arena, home of the Canucks. Looking at Google Maps, it appeared to be a short walk away from my hotel near the Convention Center, so I set off to find it. Downtown Vancouver is very nice, with lots of luxury shops (Coach, Versace, Villeroy & Boch, etc), so it was a pleasant walk to the arena. As I was coming up to the area indicated on my map, I could see it in the distance. But as I got closer, I realized that what I was seeing was BC Place, home of the BC Lions from the CFL, and the Whitecaps from the MLS. Here’s a view of BC Place from the opposite side I was coming from.
On the right hand side of the photo, across the elevated highway is the Rogers Arena. Continue reading
Last June I attended the Electronic Entertainment Expo (better known as E3) in Los Angeles. The Kings were battling the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Finals, and I foolishly hoped I could get a ticket on the secondary market for one of the games. (Realistically, the tickets would have been way overpriced, but a guy can dream).
I’ve been to New-York twice since starting this trek, but either after the local teams have been eliminated, or during the off season. But any time I’m in the Big Apple, I try to hit the NHL Store. Located in the same building as NHL headquarters (1185 Avenue of the Americas), it offers all manners of NHL merchandise. It is not that impressive, but one thing I like is that you can buy NHL branded items (as opposed to team branded).
It was sort of a no-brainer that my first trip would be to Boston. The Bruins and Canadiens share a rivalry going back decades, and I’d been wanting to go back since I visited that beautiful city when I was 18.