Montreal. What a city. That was one of my favourite weekends ever. If you have extra money lying around, go there. Like right now. Finish reading my post (heh) and then book a flight. Make sure you do it right though like I did. Having a good crew to hang with is key. I like to party, so it wouldn’t have worked out if I had gone with a crowd that wanted to hit up the draft and then be tucked up in their hotel bed with a book and a warm glass of milk by 10:30, ya know? (I do read, kittens.Just not on vacation) My Montreal crew was fantastic. A bunch of lovely Leafs fans. They were up for pretty much anything and it was fabulous. I have yet to meet a hockey blogger actually that wasn’t less than completely wicked.
wrap from wraparoundcurl was one of the first kick ass female bishes that commented on The Humming Giraffe way back when and I’ve adored her for ages so it was totally rad to finally meet her in person. It was fun dressing up and drinking the bar with her. She has amazing shoes.
Archi from The Handsome Man’s Guide to Life is wonderful and hilarious. He was always up for a dance party or an epically long nap. My mini trip to Toronto was super comfy because of his hospitality. He protected me on the mean streets of Toronto.
Eyebleaf from Sports and the City is one of the nicest dudes I have ever met. He made sure I got where I needed to go and made me drinks and found stuff when I misplaced it. I wouldn’t have even got to Toronto if he hadn’t stuffed me in his civic.
Jared from Die Hard Bue and White could totally drink me under the table and is super chill to hang out with.
Nathan from A Nation of Masochists is a friendly gent and kept me company while we waited in line at the slowest Timmy Ho’s in the world.
I also met the boys from Pension Plan Puppets and they were nice enough to offer even the Canucks fan free beer.
A general thanks to all the extremely handsome boys that bought me drinks over the weekend. I feel bad but it much appreciated.
One night we met up with the rather famous Wysh from Puck Daddy and he was a stand up guy and delighfuly friendly.
At one point while we were drinking on a patio we met a hilariously intoxicated Habs fan that let us know he was an expert on French Canadian goalies and the proceeded to talk about Martin Fleury and when I threw out Lui’s name he said “Who?!!” One of the funniest parts of the trip for sure.
Friday night coming out of the first round of the draft we stumbled across Brian Burkie and made cheering noises and the Leafs fans said stuff like you’re the man. We definitely got the Burkie stare. It’s a little scary up close.
At the draft I was one of the only Canucks fans representing in person so I did us proud. I cat called when the Canucks were called up. I Looooooued when Lui came out to select their first pick. I yelled “I love you Gillis!” Not sure if he heard me but I hope so. Lui was looking all kinds of foxy. Definitely a good idea to put a tie on with that same suit he wore to the NHL awards. The tie just made it better.
I guess I should throw some actual hockey content into this post to end things off, eh? I can’t believe Jordan Shroeder fell to the Canucks. He’s going to end up being a steal. I can just feel it. He’s a little short, maybe that’s why. But he’s not scrawny. He’s like thicker. The poor dear couldn’t get his Canucks sweater over his head. I don’t think he’s simple though, don’t worry. He was just nervous. Anton Rodin is a Swede. Yesssss. And from unsubstantiated gossip I heard around the draft, a lot of the Euro scouts think he’ll end up being one of the steals of the draft. Peter Andersson is a big Swedish defenceman (It’s like Gillis was drafting just for me!) . Time will tell, but I like the cut of this draft’s jib overall.
As you all probably have heard by now, Matty Ohlund is leaving our lovely city for Tampa Bay. Even though I had come to this conclusion months ago and somewhat made my pacee with it, my reaction upon waking up Wednesday morning was something like “OOHHHHHHHHHH GOD NOOOOOOOO!! NOT MY OHLIE!!!!!” It wasn’t pretty.
But if he’s happy, I’m happy. He’ll have a great time there. They’ll appreciate him and he’ll get a bigger role and he’ll get to mentor the little bebeh Hedman. I’ll say this though, the Canucks better be planning to bring their absolute A game to wooing me next season. Between signing my favourite player, drafting my cousin last year, and drafting that stunning Swede Hedman, the Lightning are really putting together a good package here. Canucks, bring the adorable, that’s all I’m saying.
Mikael Samuelson? I’m down. Swede. Good contract. Hopefully he’ll skate with the Sedins on the power play.
Gillis needs to find a defenceman and replace some handsomeness we lost when Matty Ohlund left and I think I’ll be satisfied. Now, back to your regularly scheduled summer and I’m back to daydreaming about Montreal.