There are ups and downs in this job. Some days you find yourself heading to the RecZone on a rainy Sunday morning after getting in late the night before. Other times it is a gorgeous Friday morning and you’re looking out on the Santa Monica Pier.Yesterday was certainly a long travel day. After an Eastern time departure, we arrived in California before Pacific time. The team practiced at at the Kings’ beautiful practice facility before finally heading to our Santa Monica beachfront hotel. Then it was up to each individual to try to stay up late enough to “crash the zone” and allow his body to adjust to Pacific time ahead of tonight’s game.
One person who said he didn’t have much trouble sleeping was Zach Boychuk. The long travel day overwhelmed any nerves that would have disrupted sleep for Zach last night. Our first-round pick at this past June’s draft in Ottawa, Boychuk will make his NHL debut tonight at StaplesCenter. His parents have flown in for the game, although his twin sister, Carissa, who is a national-level gymnast in Canada, didn’t make the trip. I’ll try to grab a couple Blackberry snapshots of Zach’s big night this evening. He will start the game on a scoring line with Rod Brind’Amour.
Enjoy tonight’s game. We’ve had some pretty nice stays at this hotel before, with wins making the memories that much sweeter. Hopefully this can be that type of weekend again in Southern California.