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).
For the 2010-2011 season, I chose to go to Ottawa. Being the closest city to Montreal, this was an easy one to get out of the way. We chose the October 23rd game because it was a rare Saturday away game for the Habs. (Most Saturdays, the Habs play in Montreal. I guess it’s a benefit of being the oldest franchise in the league).
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.