We can't promise that the environment for every road game will match what we experienced on Saturday: a fun, competitive game played on an outdoor rink in an picturesque setting on a 60-degree January morning, with a ski lodge-caliber snack bar that smelled of bacon and maple syrup and the owner of the New York Rangers in the stands.
But we'll give it a try this weekend when we join the 10-team MYHA caravan to the suburbs of Philadelphia for the Liberty Cup tournament.
Everyone should have received a hotel room confirmation email by now. If you haven't, please let me know ASAP. At this point, any changes to your reservation -- including the day you plan to check-in -- should be made directly with the hotel front desk (610-647-6700).
As well, all families should read and acquaint themselves with -- and make certain that their children are fully aware of -- the hotel rules. As the team representative who will be signing this form, I appreciate everyone's help in ensuring our players conduct themselves accordingly and appropriately.
I believe there are still discounted tickets available for Flyers-Kings game on Saturday night, which many MYHA families are planning to attend.
Also, a professional photographer will be taking pictures at all the tournament games. If we have a parent who wants to coordinate the purchase of a team photo CD, please let me know; I will send along the photographer's contact information. They request we secure their services by Wednesday, Jan. 15th, so they can be sure to focus on our team, though I suspect we'll be able to book them at any point during the tournament.
Lastly, don't forget that all players are expected to be at the rink one hour prior to the scheduled start of every game. Tournament games could begin up to 15 minutes early, and we'll need to be prepared for that eventuality.
MONDAY, Jan. 13th, 8:40-9:35 p.m.: (Nearly) Full-Ice Practice
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 15th, 8:35-9:35 p.m.: Split-Ice Practice
SATURDAY, Jan. 18th, 3:50 p.m. vs. Wonderland Wizards @ Ice Line Quad Rinks, #2 (West Chester, PA)
SUNDAY, Jan. 19th, 5:20 p.m. vs. North Jersey Avalanche @ Ice Line Quad Rinks, #2
MONDAY, Jan. 20th, 9:40 a.m. vs. Montgomery Blue Devils @ Ice Line Quad Rinks, #2
MONDAY, Jan. 20th: TBD (either Consolation @ 1:50 p.m. or Championship @ 3:20 p.m.)