My World Junior Diary – Day 08 – The Return Of The Upgrade

I figured out why I’ve been upgraded three times now (more on the third one later). My seat up in the 300 section is the opposite side to the TV camera’s, so they’re moving a bunch of people down so theres more people in the seats the cameras show and then the arena doesn’t look as empty as it has been.

But anyway, my last full day started as normal, woke up, shower, grabbed breakfast then come back to the room to write the latest blog entry before heading out.

With the Quarter-Finals of the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship getting underway, the penultimate game in Toronto’s Air Canada Centre was the early game of the day, starting a 1pm. So I left my hotel around 11:40 for the 20 minute walk down to watch the Russians take on Denmark. I thought if I got there early enough I’d have a greater chance at my seat being upgraded but this game was actually pretty well sold so I stayed up in the 300s.

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My World Junior Diary – Day 07 – Hall of Fame Part Two

If you want to view the full gallery of pictures I took on my second trip to the Hockey Hall of Fame, click here to view it on my photography page.

I said I was going to go back to the Hockey Hall of Fame and I did, mostly because it seemed like everywhere was shut in Toronto on New Years Day.

So I got up and had breakfast, wrote the blog for the day before and left the hotel around 11am to take the 20 minute walk down Yonge Street.

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My World Junior Diary – Day 06 – Upgraded again

Day six started in the usual way, I woke up way earlier than I wanted to, watched Sportscentre and grabbed a bite to eat before coming back to my room to write the previous days blog.

So after I uploaded yesterdays entry I looked at my City Pass ticket to find out what I haven’t done that is near to my hotel, so yesterday morning was spent in the Royal Ontario Museum.

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My World Junior Diary – Day 05 – Niagara Falls

I couldn’t be bothered to think of a witty title.

Day five started early, I was up at around 7am to shower and quickly head down to the market garden in my hotel to grab a quick bite to eat before my coach picked me up for my day trip.

It wasn’t a coach, so I was confused when a guy in what looked like a van was calling me over, I’m pretty sure my mum warned me about situations like these when I was younger.

But because I never listen to my mum I got in the van, and it turned out to be my “coach” a 13 seat mini bus.

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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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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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VIDEO: World Cup of Hockey Finals Preview

In today’s edition of Across The Pond, I give a quick update on the World Cup of Hockey as the best of three final series is about to get under way, and I say who I think will win between Canada and Europe.

If you’re enjoying the series please give the video a like and subscribe to the channel, I have quite a few ideas for the upcoming NHL season and would love to have as many of you as possible along for the ride.

Thank you,

Ollie.

VIDEO: World Cup of Hockey – Group Stage Recap and Semi-Final Preview

I decided to head back to YouTube for my latest post to recap the teams that have crashed out of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, and talk about the semi-finals and who I think will be the last two teams standing.

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I’ll be back on Monday to talk more about the finals and then I’ll continue to upload through the NHL season where I’ll discuss a range of topics covering all 30 NHL teams.

Ollie.

World Cup Day Six Review – Russia Advance, North America Exit.

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From eight teams down to four, with the round robin format of the World Cup of Hockey completed, we now know who will be in the running when the semi-finals get underway on Saturday night.

Last night, Russia had the chance to knock out North America with a win in any fashion over Finland while in the later game, the Czechs and Americans had nothing but pride to play for with both of them already out of the competition.

First on the bill was the Russians and the Finns, Finland were already out of the running but Russia were behind North America after they beat Sweden on Wednesday night, after the Russians beat the kids of North America in their round robin match up, all they needed was a win in any fashion to advance through to the next round.

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