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.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Day 4 - Pralognan, France

9 am - After breakfast, the team assembles in the lobby for a tour of Switzerland and a 3 hour bus ride in a double-decker bus to Pralognan, France. Since the bus is here, this leaves me with just enough time to tell you that tonight's game probably will not be broadcast live. Internet may not be available....I'll keep you posted. I will upload the game after we get back to the hotel if necessary.

3:30 am (Day 4 December 29th) - We're back at the hotel in Geneva. It's late and because I'm not really going to try and figure out what day to put this under.....here we go......

It was an hour bus ride to Annecy, France where we did some sightseeing and walked around an amazing town tucked in the mountains.

Annecy (448m/1470 ft; pop. 52,100), is situated on lake Annecy. It has a considerable amount of industry, including the bell-foundry which made the famous "Savoyarde" bell for the Sacré-Coeur in Paris.

A busy college town, Annecy also played host to Stage 18 of the Tour de France on July 23, 2009.  It's also set to host of parts of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

All the walking around left us hungry, and good thing we were set up to eat at Le Vivaldi Pizzeria and Restaurant. The food was C'est excellent ! Then we gathered for a group photo.

After lunch is was time for the 3 hour drive to Pralognan, France and Game #1 with the Val Vanoise Savoyards.

Located in the mountains, and running short on time, our bus driver Pierre Lungdique decided to best the time of the previous driver and get us up in record time.

Taking the corners wide and coming close to the guard rails, we made it alright, but with alot of trepidation. As Matthew Morang put it, "This is like a video game without a reset button."

The bus, a modern double-decker chartered rig, gave everyone sitting on the top and in the front (Ryan Hernandez, Kevin Brojek, and Kent Arsenault) something to remember.

The best part of the trip was passing through Albertville, France, the site of the 1994 Winter Olympics. In fact the Select's first game is being played in the Pralognan La Vanoise rink where the Olympic Curling event was held.

Alright, now what you have been waiting for, and again it's 4:30 am in Geneva, Switzerland, but the results of the game between Val Vanoise and the ACHA Select Team.....

The first game was amazing, not from the standpoint that it was a 17-0 Select team win, but because the 2072 fans stayed through the end of the game, shook hands with the players afterward, and many kids asked for autographs.

Per 1 
3:17 - Jordan Jakubik from Jeremy Barber
6:32 - Brett Galbraith from Joe Dabkowski and Jonathan Juliano
14:06 - Von Mondevergine
14:13 - Devin Zimmer from Jordan Jakubik
14:49 - Kevin Brojek from Jordan Jakubik
Per 2
2:24 - Jonathan Juliano from Brett Galbraith
4:23 - Jordan Jakubik from Jeremy Barber
5:48 - Kent Aresnault from Adam Thomas
13:16 - Bill Allen from Kent Aresnault
17:01 - Jeremy Barber from Jerry Holden and Shaun McTigue
Per 3
1:41 - Jonathan Juliano from Brett Galbraith
2:56 - Jordan Jakubik from Kent Aresnault
5:12 - Matthew Morang from Shaun McTigue
9:59 - Jordan Jakubik from Devin Zimmer
17:04 - Ryan Hernandez from Kent Aresnault Adam Thomas
17:38 - Matthew Morang
18:34 - Michael Truex from Matthew Morang
Shots: Selects: 55 on Jeremy Provost,  Val Vanois: 26 shots in Mike Poepping (Missouri State), who gets the shutout win. Both teams were 0-1 on the powerplay.
As for the game. It's saved but it's going to be a while before I can figure out a way to upload it. Time and internet capabilities are a factor.

Well, it's 5:30 am and the contacts are blurry, it's time to get to sleep. Assistant Coach Jim Martin of Michigan State, who's the only one left down in the business center with me, suggests I stay up all night and have breakfast at 6am. Sure...whatever!

We have an 11am departure time for Lusanne, Switzerland and a tour of the Olympic Museum tomorrow......ah.....I mean today.

Good night, Jim!

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