Randomly Harrassed

  Sitting on the bus right now on our way back from France. Yes … a bus. Worst travel I have experienced, aside from the 36-hour train rides in Kazakhstan. The 27-hour bus trip to Angers, France for the semi-final round of the Continental Cup definitely did not do us...

Kazakhstan: The True Story

Where to start? Control. Poverty. Corruption. Safe to say that I will not be allowed back in Kazakhstan after this blog has circulated the internet. Trust me, they could not pay me enough to go back to that place. Between forging signatures on contracts, stealing money from the players and...

Pepsi for the Boys

On a bus contemplating what the hell I have gotten myself into. First week of "training camp" is almost complete, and I am already down seven pounds. I am the lightest I have been since my last NHL season in St. Louis. Although, I am not quite sure that "training...

European Hockey

Any North American hockey player heading over to Europe should read this. There are a plethora of reasons why someone would want to play in Europe: style of play, tax-free money, accessibility to travel, experience, not catching the breaks in North America or having no other option due to a...

Present Under the Tree

It was Christmas 1986 – twenty-six years ago. I remember that Christmas for a couple for reasons. Firstly, it was the Christmas that I received my first gaming system – Nintendo. You know, the original Nintendo console that came with Super Mario Bros and Duck Hunt. I asked Santa for...

Justifying Rehabilitation

At 1:28am I find myself surfing the net switching back and forth from mlb.com to bet365.com and to my baseball fantasy pools. I just changed my second shitty diaper in about 90 minutes and the night is young compared to recent nights. The little guy has been snoozing on and...

Living Without

Summer is almost over for me. In fact, I am sitting in front of the campfire for the last time. How is it that something as simple as a campfire can be so mesmerizing? Burning wood flaking apart and turning into hot, scolding coals. I find myself adding wood every...

Rebirth

I have that feeling again. All professional athletes get it at some point. Sometimes it occurs when they awake on game day. While other times it occurs just prior to a big game. You know the feeling, eh? Some call it butterflies and others call it nerves. My stomach has...

Second Chances

History is based on dates. Canada gained its Independence on July 1, 1867. The last time the Toronto Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup was May 2, 1967. One of the best hockey players of all time – Steve Yzerman – won his first Stanley Cup on June 7, 1997....