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Life as Moose - NOV.09.07


Mason Raymond

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<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>Well, I’ve been back with the Moose for over a week now and finally settling down into some sort of routine. It’s obviously disappointing whenever you get sent down, but I try to make the most of it and focus on what needs to be done. Like writing this blog. Haha.

Didn’t get much sleep for a few days after leaving Vancouver early last week. Got into Winnipeg late Monday night, and then left with the team for Chicago early Tuesday morning. No trick-or-treating for us on Halloween, but we did beat Quad City in a shootout that night.

Then we bussed it to Milwaukee for a game Friday night, and the whole team pulled together for a big come-from-behind win. We got down 3-0 early, but we churned out six straight goals to take them 6-3. Schneids made some great saves that game . . . It’ll be great for fans to get to see this guy in action when he makes it to the big club.

And then back into Illinois Saturday to play Rockford. Lots of time on the bus. That’s something I really don’t miss in Vancouver.

Traveling is so different down here. Night and day compared to the NHL. You go from chartered planes and leaving when you want, to commercial flights and airports and busses. That’s just the way it is in the American League, I guess, so you’ve gotta make do.

<a href=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/10/oct1807_practice12_b.jpg target=_blank><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/10/oct1807_practice12_t.jpg border=0 align=right vspace=3 hspace=4></a>It’s been nice to sit down and relax a little bit this week. I’m staying with family, and it’s great to be able to see everybody, unpack your clothes, and eat some home-cooked meals.

We’ve got back-to-back games against Milwaukee this weekend. That’s another AHL thing that takes a bit of getting used to. I guess to help keep travel costs down, we always play double-headers when at home. That’s something you don’t see too often in the big league.

It all gets underway tonight. Getting some wins at home is the most important thing, because that makes practice more fun and makes it easier to head back out on the road next weekend.

Anyway, that’s what’s been going on with me. I’m trying to get better at these, but I never know what to say. I’ll try to think of something interesting to write next time.

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that was interesting :) you're doing ok :)

I was sorry to see you go, but not too worried, because I know you'll be back

great to see the Moose doing so well. Carrying a ton of talent right now.

keep up the good work :)

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Great blog. Hope you'll be up here soon, you're great to watch especially with your speed. Hopefully life with the Moose is going good though!

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