Live*Love*Hockey (#TBT)

Since it’s Thursday I thought it would be a good time to have a look back on a past adventure…so here’s my Throw-Back-Thrusday (#TBT) post for the day!

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While I was on holidays in February my mum and I ended up having a few adventures we went to El Salvador saw a coffee plantation together…then I went to Copan, Honduras on a road trip and the next day went to walk on the side of a volcano!

But let me tell you the adventure for that holiday wasn’t over!  I have never been to see my cousin Cody play in an NHL game before.  I had only been to one pre-season Leafs game with my cousins Kerry and Jamie and my little brother! It was an awesome experience…but I really wanted to see Cody play in the NHL.

While I was looking at the hockey schedule for the Buffalo Sabres I saw that they had two back-to-back games they played the Carolina Hurricanes on February 25th and the Boston Bruins on February 26th. I spoke to my mum and told her we were road trippin’ down to Buffalo for the games!  It was the best chance for me to get to see Cody play…that’s one of the downsides of living just south of the Arctic Circle commutes to see a hockey game are a bit long and ridiculously expensive!  Now don’t get me wrong I have seen Cody play many times when he was playing for the Brampton Battalion and then when I lived in Winnipeg I went see him play with the Manitoba Moose.  But this was the chance for me to see him play in the NHL with the Sabres.  After talking with Cody about how to get tickets…he arranged tickets for my mum and I for the two games and next thing we know it was ROAD TRIP time for my mum and I!

We drove down to Buffalo, NY got settled into our hotel and then took the street car to the First Niagara Centre to watch the game!  I was able to head down to the ice level to watch the teams warm up.  That was pretty exciting…then mum and I headed to our seats.  (After getting directions from a few different ushers and a walk through the box seats we found our awesome table and settled into watch the game.)

Sabres Hockey Game

We were sitting behind the away goal…for the first and third periods, right were all the action was going to happen!  The game was great…I was so excited and glad to finally be able to watch my cousin play.  Living up in the Arctic is great, but sometimes you miss out on events…and this was my moment to see Cody play!

On Tuesday night the Sabres played the Carolina Hurricanes and they won! The final score was 3-2… the last goal to win the game happened in the last 43.2 seconds of the third period.  Mum and I made our way back to the hotel…(she was worried about not catching the street car and getting stuck at the arena so we didn’t go see Cody after this game!)

Hockey Game

Wednesday my mum and I got up…and had a fabulous breakfast at our hotel…then packed our overnight bags and headed shopping.  We had a great day…shopping ’til we dropped! Don’t worry we were back at the First Niagara Centre in time for the game…we might have been there really early, but that’s another story for another time!

The game with the Boston Bruins was awesome!  The teams have a long history of being huge rivals…so that brought a lot to the atmosphere.  The game was very close…in the last 52.3 seconds of the third the Sabres tied the game and took it to over time!  Then they scored in the first 22 seconds of the OT! SABRES for the WIN!!!!

Hockey Game_02

After the game we went downstairs to see Cody!  We had a really quick but awesome visit.  It was so great to be able to visit…since often our paths don’t cross because of our work and life schedules not matching up!  After our chat it was pretty late at night at this point…mum and I had to drive back to Lindsay…so we had a few hours in the car ahead of us after we got across the boarder. It was totally worth it!

Thanks again for arranging the tickets to see you play…they were such great games and it really did make a dream come true Cody to see you play in the NHL live!

I think I’m going to claim the title for your most NORTHERN fan…only 58 days until the pre-season games begin!

 

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