The moment everyone had waited for – days, weeks, even months – finally arrived.
At 6 a.m. on March 12, we departed from the Okanagan, with so many fun activities on the itinerary. The 10-hour bus ride was long, but there was always something to do; it gave us the opportunity to get to know our classmates better.
The highlight of the first day was definitely the stop for a skate on Lake Louise. What a beautiful spot! When we arrived at the hotel, everyone had tons of energy. We decided who was sleeping where and we were set.
On Tuesday we had an ice session at West Edmonton Mall, which was super cool. We also went to the World Waterpark at the mall (which was gigantic), had a team dinner at Boston Pizza, and capped off the day at the movie theatre.
Wednesday started at the University of Alberta to play some soccer and football, before we were treated to the San Jose Sharks’ morning skate. It was so cool to have the arena all to ourselves for that!
We then headed to Galaxyland for some more fun and bonding with the group. That night, we were back at Rogers Place for the Oilers-Sharks game, which was a thrilling 4-3 win for San Jose. Watching an NHL game live and with all your friends is quite the experience!
After the stay in Edmonton, I didn’t want to leave for Kelowna … but every good thing has to come to an end.
I have been part of the Hockey Canada Skills Academy for the past two years. It is so much better than a regular gym class, because everyone is athletic and willing to play any sport. On the ice, so many of us have greatly improved on our skills. Thanks to everyone with the HCSA who made the trip possible.