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.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Day 2 - Albany, NY

Day 2 - Albany, NY - December 27th - After an 8 am breakfast, it was time to head to the Albany County Hockey Facility for a third practice and team photo before packing up all the gear and heading for New York City to catch a flight to Geneva, Switzerland.

Before looking pretty on the ice, the team put on their game jerseys to look pretty for the camera. The team will bring three jerseys: red, blue and white.

Then it was time to get to work. Many players were a little rusty, having not played in a few weeks, but after the third practice things looked alot better. "We're looking good," Head Coach Paul Lowden said.

Kevin Brojek, decked out in the red Select jersey, shows his style..minus the skates. He says he doesn't need skates to move backward. Actually, he was in the back row standing on a bench and it was easier not to wear them for the team photo.

Kent Arsenault looks intently during the last practice.

The team is decked out with black helmets and uniformly placed stickers, which have each player's number on it, will make it somewhat easy for me to know who's who.

Here's a drill..... did you notice something different about this video?

Goaltender Adam Brown, of Sienna, starts the drill and Mike Poepping, of Missouri State, finishes the drill.

12:22pm Eastern - Well, that's all for now..... we are about to get on the bus for a 3 hour drive to New York City!

2:04 pm - We are packed in like sardines on the chartered bus. Luggage down the aisles, and hockey gear packed below. Somehow most of the players managed to grab and hold an empty seat next to them. Coaches and other non-players...well, we're one to a seat. I wonder how that happened!

Looking outside the window it's great weather! Sunny and 70....ok more like 40, but it's still a great day!

The DVD "Bodies of Lies" plays on the overhead screens in the bus. Never having seen it before, it does seem a bit violent, although I wouldn't mind seeing it at a later time.

I just looked at my computer battery and I have just enough time to save and send this. Talk to you when we get to JFK!

2:52 pm - Coach Lowden let me use his laptop. We're stuck in traffic on I-87 asfd;kl;kl ..... Arrghhh! A driver decided to squeeze between us and stopped taffic. Our alert bus driver stopped short of a collision. It's a Sunday, where does everyone need to go so fast?  That's the consensus as we all recover from the jolt.

3:05 pm - Traffic seems to be moving better now. I finally get to look at the Appalachian Mountains. Baren trees due to winter, it would be interesting to see what this aea looks like in the summer time.

3:22 pm - More traffic!  The Garden State Parkway is a mile away. Flashing red lights of a New Jersey State Police car heads down the right shoulder. Several cars are on the road, but there is no rhyme or reason for it. We inch along at 20 miles an hour.  We'll make it sooner or later.

1 comment:

  1. Good luck to all the USA players. Hope i will be able to see the games on the internet.
    Max Myers grandma..............