By now, we're well on our way south to Estero, Fla., where Colin and his Tampa Bay Jr. Lightning Squirt A teammates will take part in the Florida International Hockey Invitational tournament at Germain Arena.
Four games over two days, beginning at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, means it will be a hockey-filled week. If the team does well, we'll pick up at least one, perhaps two games on Thursday. Right now, though, it's one game at time, with each one being tougher than the game before.
Win or lose it'll be all fun, and not a drop of work. If we're not at a rink, we'll be either chilling out at the hotel pool (remember, it's in the mid 70s down here this time of the year), taking in a movie, heading to Sanibel Island or simply enjoying what Florida has to offer.
Besides Colin's tournament, Germain Arena will also play host to four college hockey teams -- Clarkson, Cornell, University of Maine and the University of Massachusetts. Besides having tickets to the opening games, I've made some team sheets for each school, so we might get in a little road-trip hounding.
Once we get back home, Colin and I might try hounding the Carolina Hurricanes, though Saturday's 5 p.m. start affects the normal schedule. If not, Colin and The Missus have tickets to the game.