We began our Thursday morning departing Ingalls Rink at 7:30am. Generally on Thursdays our routine is that we practice at 7am. It was nice to get that extra half an hour of sleep before we packed up and loaded the bus. Of course most of us slept on the bus as well. =)
Before we headed to our hotel in Canton we made a pit stop in one of hockey’s most famous sites, Lake Placid, NY- home of the 1980 Olympic Games-more specifically, home of the 1980 Gold Medal Miracle on Ice USA Hockey Team! We had a high tempo practice at the Olympic Center Ice Arena where the freshmen and seniors finally won the shootout showdown having lost 3 weeks in a row!
After a couple hours of free time to explore “downtown” Lake Placid, which pretty much consists of cutesy shops and places to eat along Main St. It was a great atmosphere and definitely a place settled in rich history! Coach Eddie even purchased a USA replica jersey for his dad at one of the local shops. After our downtime we loaded the bus and had dinner at the US Olympic Training Center. It was such a treat to see where many of our US
Olympians train and live during camps and centralization periods. Former Yale Alum, Helen Resor, was centralized there a year before the 2006 Olympic Games.
After dinner, we were off to Canton. We dropped our gear off at the Cheel Arena, and checked into our hotel around 8pm. Everyone was pretty tired from the trip, it was nice to get to the hotel early. Two big workdays ahead
of us starting with Clarkson tomorrow night….Here we go Bulldogs!