Tuesday, April 12, 2011


It is game day for the boys, albeit an exhibition game against the Russian Junior Selects. But everyone is ready to hit the ice and play a game.

They've had a few two a day practice sessions and a single practice yesterday. Now I think everyone is sick of competing against themselves and are looking forward to their first opportunity to measure themselves up against one of the teams they will face when the tournament begins on Friday.

The players and coaches are at the rink now for their game day skate which begins shortly. Then it's back to their rooms to pack everything up from the Russian Olympic training centre before packing up the truck with the gear and get on the bus and head to the Vityaz Sports Arena for the game at 6:30pm local time. (5:30am Wednesday back home.)

The real deal begins begins on Friday again vs. today's opponent the Russian Junior Selects. Then they will face a Russian Junior National team Saturday at 6:3o pm local time. Then the tournament will wrap up Sunday with a game vs. Slovakia at 3:00 pm local time.

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