<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/raymond_blog.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=3 hspace=4>It’ been a while since I’ve blogged but as you’ve probably noticed, there’s just not a lot of time with the road trip, the games, the practices, and… dare I say, time to rest? – well not much of it any way.
My parents were in town last week to visit and it was really nice to have them here and to have familiar faces around. I didn’t have a lot of time to really show them around so I did a very inadequate “tour” of Vancouver, well we went to West Vancouver for a day and that was basically it. Besides, I’m not really all that familiar with the city myself so I’m probably not the best person to be showing around anyone here. Their visit was definitely too short.
My fiancée didn’t get to visit though because she’s in school right now. She at the University of Calgary studying business and commerce so she’s busy enough over there. It’s hard doing the long distance thing obviously but right now it’s no different than it was before. We’ve been doing this for a while now so Vancouver seems kind of close and easy in comparison.
<a href=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/Sep2007_scored_b.jpg target=_blank><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/Sep2007_scored_t.jpg border=0 align=right vspace=3 hspace=4></a>I had my birthday last week on a game day but to tell you the truth, it kind of just passed and wasn’t a big deal. It was like any other day, especially since there was a game. It was kind of the last thing on my mind since we are still in training camp and I’m still fighting for a job but I guess I’m just a year older. That’s all that really means for now.
I had kind of a late birthday gift… sort of. The night after my birthday day, we played the Oilers and I got my first NHL pre-season goal. I was excited about getting that first goal up here because it felt like weight off my shoulders and it’s good to get that first one under my belt. I’ve already played in three games (tonight will be the fourth) and so I feel much more comfortable and I’m getting more confident all the time. Hopefully it’ll just keep getting better.
I’ve heard that some of the guys kept the if they scored they’d keep the puck, but for me it doesn’t really mean as much right now. I don’t want to keep it until the regular season – I think it’ll mean more when I get a goal in my first regular season game.
<a href=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/Sep2407_Bourdon_b.jpg target=_blank><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/Sep2407_Bourdon_t.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=3 hspace=4></a>We had the Jake Milford Golf Tournament Monday and it was a lot of fun. It was great to be part of something that’s such a great cause. Milford is a guy that’s looked upon highly and very supportive of kids and everyone else so I really enjoyed being part of an event like this.
I played with a group of sawmill workers from a company called Trimlite, who were all very nice and I'm glad that I had a good group. I don’t know what our total score was but we didn’t win any prizes. I think Luc Bourdon’s group was one of the big winners.
Some guys got cut yesterday but I'm happy that I've made through so far because it's just that much closer to achieving my ultimate goal here. The season is right around the corner so it's definitely getting closer. I just have to keep my focus and continue doing what I do and hopefully show the coaches what I can do out there and convince them that I can do it for a long time up here.</td></tr></table>