Hello everyone! This is the page where I will share with you my experiences of traveling with, and broadcasting games of, the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division 2 Select Hockey Team as we travel through Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France and Italy from Dec. 26th, 2009 to Jan. 7th, 2010 through words, pictures, and video. Enjoy! Steve

WSR To Broadcast Select Games

In a last minute scheduling adjustment, the 2009-10 Select hockey games in Europe against teams from Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, and France will be broadcast live on WebSports Radio.com's Live TV starting with game one against Val Vanoise on Tuesday, December 29th at 8:45 pm European time from Pralognan, France - (1:45 pm Central) or 2:45 pm Eastern.

All games will be videocast live, as long as we have high-speed Internet capabilities, which at this point we should. The live feed can be accessed clicking on WebSports Radio broadcast link in this story or below at right.

Steve Casson and Phil Sweeney, an Assistant Coach with Davenport University, will bring you all the action. The pre-game show will be 10 minutes before game time.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Day 1 - Albany, NY

Day 1 - Albany, NY - All players arrived in Albany, New York. That's the good news. The bad news is that 5 players (Michael Truex, Kent Arsenault, Brett Galbraith, Devin Zimmer, and Bill Allen) are without their equipment due to the winter storm that played havoic with the Midwest. At last report, the hockey gear should arrive by midnight.

Uniforms and all accessories line the locker room before players arrive for the first of two practices this evening.

Just like a scene from the movie Miracle, where players were given a first hand look at their new "teammates" who weeks ago they were battling against, it was an hour to get to know one another.

After introductions, players spent about an hour to fix sticks, helmets, and face masks getting ready for the first team practice.

Once they got the new gear the way they like, it was time for Select Head Coach Paul Lowden to adress the team.

Goaltender Mike Poepping, of Missouri State, works on a deflection drill during the first practice.

Yea, I'll post more video of other players - promise - but hey....I've called Pep's games for 5 seasons. I know the Ice Bear fans want to see him in action.

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