Good Morning, Vancouver!
It was a long night of travel, but a win like last night’s makes it a lot easier. After approximately a two-hour flight from San Jose to Vancouver, it was a long-ish bus ride from the airport to the hotel in Vancouver and at around 1:30 AM, we had arrived and were ready to attempt a well-deserved night of sleep. Upon waking, we are here for my first ever game in Canada, the final road game of the calendar year and the penultimate game of 2019 overall for the Kings.
Other than a quick jaunt over the boarder in (very) upstate New York, this is my first trip to Canada. When I played youth hockey and we had a tournament in Rouses Point, NY (ever heard of it, probably not), my dad and I took a trip that was technically over the line and into Canada, and then returned through customs to inform the agent that we did absolutely nothing while outside of the US. It was (technically) a foreign trip, but this is much more the real thing. Vancouver is certainly the real thing. A city that has hosted the Winter Olympics and the World Juniors and a city whose NHL team will play a hockey game tonight for the first time since December 23, against a team that has now played twice in 24 hours, with two flights in and around.
Much, MUCH more to come on a busy day today – Waking up with the Kings, a preview of tonight’s game in Vancouver, plus a preview of the Ontario Reign’s rematch against the San Diego Gulls.