My World Junior Diary – Day 03 – Top 5 day of my life

The past couple of days have taken it out of me, so I was pretty pleased when I woke up at 9am and actually felt pretty rested for once.

What I wasn’t pretty please about was the reason why I was woken up at 9am. Not a fire alarm, not the pigeons who’ve made my balcony home, but the room next door to me seemed to be pretty excited to have made it through the night and were celebrating in a most peculiar way. Luckily, he…I mean it, didn’t last long.

So after the horrible wake up call, the rest of the day was superb.

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My World Junior Diary – Day 02 – Breakfast with a local

Yesterday was a crazy and long 24 hours, so after a decent rest I was pretty excited to actually have a full day in Toronto to explore before tonight’s hockey.

So I was up bright and early for 7am, and updated my parents on what I’ve been up and then my hunt for breakfast.

The hotel restaurants were packed so I decided to venture out, and that’s where I met a local girl who took me to Saint Lawrence Market down by Lake Ontario for breakfast.

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My World Junior Diary – Day 01 – O Canada

Back in May I decided to treat myself.

Last winter I was trying to save up a bit of money to fly out to Helsinki, Finland for the 2016 World Junior Hockey Championships, I didn’t raise the money so I spent the entire winter at home.

Then in May I had the idea again and this time I had more time to save.

So I’m not in Cardiff, Wales right now, I’m in Toronto, Canada.

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GALLERY: Cardiff Fire 5 – 1 Bristol Pitbulls

I went back down to the Cardiff Fire game to try and improve my photography skills. After one period the Fire were down but not for long as they came back to win 5 – 1.

Here are a selection of my images from the game.

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I Was Wrong – Mitch Marner Is Thriving In The NHL

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At the start of the 2016/17 NHL season there was a lot of talk about rookies coming into this season.

And why wouldn’t there be? Auston Matthews is one of the most exciting players to arrive in Toronto in recent years, Patrik Laine has a lethal shot and is too young to drink in the US and each team has a whole host of rookies looking to break into the big league.

One of those players looking to break into the NHL was former London Knight Mitch Marner.

This is the part where I’d usually point and laugh and say “you were all wrong” but to be honest, I was just as wrong as most about this 5’11″/ 160 lbs forward.

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Jacob Trouba re-signs with Winnipeg on two-year deal

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The Winnipeg Jets and RFA defenceman Jacob Trouba finally reached a deal today, with Trouba signing a 2-year/$6 million contract to stay with the Jets.

Time was running out for Trouba this season, if he reached December 1st without a contract he wouldn’t be eligible to play for the rest of the 2016/17 season.

Back in May, Trouba requested a trade out of Winnipeg because he wanted top four minutes as a right-handed defenceman, something that most teams would definitely like to acquire. Within the Jets organisation, Trouba is lower on the pecking order than he would be at most other clubs, he’s got to compete with the big bodies of Dustin Byfuglien and Tyler Myers.

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Great Britain moving forward after Norway series

I should probably start by saying that this blog post is partly driven by me wanting to include the images I took of the event I’m going to talk about because I’m proud of them and want to shove them in your face for no reason other than, because I can.

Now that’s out of the way, Great Britain played Norway in Ice Hockey twice this week, they didn’t win but that’s cool. It’s Norway, they’ve qualified for the last two Olympic games and have qualified for the 2018 games in Pyeongchang, Korea.

FUN FACT: Great Britain have one more Olympic gold medal in Ice Hockey than Norway (1936 Winter Games in Garmisch-Partenkirchen)

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Decisions coming for some of the NHL rookies

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It’s almost a month since the 2016/17 NHL season got underway and it’s definitely been an exciting start, decisions are coming for NHL GM’s as they have to decide if they’re going to burn a year of some of this year’s rookie’s entry level deals or send them back down to junior.

One of the players who before the season began I thought I’d be writing about being on the cusp of staying in the league or going back down to the OHL, Mitch Marner is not going to be spoken about in this article past this paragraph (he probably will, I’m a hypocrite). Marner has been on fire for the Toronto Maple Leafs and he has nothing to worry about and will be with the Leafs all the way to the end of the season.

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