December 23, 2009
Just checking in during some downtime during our holiday break. I’m home in Pittsburgh where I will be until the 26th when we play in Cleveland against Lake Erie.It’s a great time of year to be with family since I don’t get to see everybody a lot with my schedule. I’ve been in Nebraska, Indiana and now Toronto, far away from everyone and I only get to see them once or twice a year.
I have two older sisters who both live in Pittsburgh so on Christmas Eve we will go out to dinner, go to church and then open up the presents at night.
Christmas Day we go to my aunt’s house (my mom’s sister) which is about two hours away and we have a big Christmas meal there.
It was always a great time of year and my parents were great with the Christmas celebrations. When we used to live in New York, we used to go to my grandparents house which was about eight hours away and somehow Santa always found a way to bring one or two presents there that we would open on Christmas morning.
I was pretty lucky since we would drive back home on Christmas Day and open more presents at my parents house.
Before I go I want to thank all the Marlies fans for their support during the first half of the year. I hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday. Looking forward to a good second half and a long playoff run.
LIFE ON THE ROAD
December 17, 2009
Just wanted to check in before heading out this weekend on our three-games in three nights road trip. I’ve never played on three consecutive nights until this year, but to be honest, I like it.
In college you play a game on Saturday and then you have to wait all week to play again. I’ve found that you really need to have a short memory in the AHL. Even if you have a good game, you can’t really bank on it too much since you’re right back at it the next night.
The biggest challenge when you play so many games in such a short time frame is taking care of yourself. We play 80 games. You have to make sure that you are eating well, staying healthy, getting the right fluids, and just making sure you’re taking care of your body. When you have time, get in the weight room, which is another way to prevent injuries.
The part that I am used to, is the bus rides as we used to bus pretty much everywhere in the CCHA. The only thing that is killer is getting on the bus after the game and busing six hours, getting in at 5 a.m. and having to play that night!
In college if we played back-to-back games it was just played against the same team in the same arena.
This weekend our trips aren’t that long and they don’t compare to one of the longest trips that I can remember when I was in midget. We bussed from Pittsburgh all the way to the upper peninsula of Michigan, that was like 12 or 13 hours. Not a fun ride.
What do we do on those long trips? We watch lots of movies. Usually it’s the latest release and for this trip we will probably be watching The Hangover which was a phenomenal movie and one I’m looking forward to watching again.
There's a jungle cat in the bathroom!
KICKING OFF MY BLOG...
Dec, 10, 2009
Hey Toronto hockey fans! It’s me, Christian Hanson, bringing you the first installment of my brand new blog! I‘ll be checking in from time to time to let you know how things are going with me.
I’ve been here since last April so it’s been about nine months and I’m getting accustomed to living in Toronto. I grew up in Pittsburgh and went to South Bend to play hockey for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, so I’ve always been a city person.
Wednesday wasn’t a typical practice day for us. Instead of being on the ice practicing for our game Friday against the Chicago Wolves, head coach Dallas Eakins had us take part in a hot yoga class and you know what? It was killer! It was so hard!
You see this woman up there in these ridiculous positions that we’re trying to copy and all I’m thinking about is that I’m tearing every ligament in my body. If coach Eakins wants us to do it again, I definitely need to stretch more the next time!Wednesday was also our annual visit to the Hospital For Sick Children and it was a pretty different experience. I’d done this before when I was in college but never with the Marlies or Leafs.
One of the things that we got to do was play Bingo with the kids. I don’t think I’ve played Bingo since second or third grade, so it was fun to get back to being a kid, being around all the toys, seeing the innocence in the kids and seeing how much fun they had.
Coming to the hospital to spend some time with the children who may not be able to get to a Marlies game was very special.
As athletes, people look at us as role models and to be able to visit people that are sick and give back to the community is something that we should do because we are truly blessed to do what we do.
I think being involved in charities is something that I want to do a lot more of in the future. I’m very fortunate to have seen my dad (Dave) give lots of his time to charities and he has even started a foundation (Putting On The Foil Foundation) that works with Paul Newman’s Foundation (Hole In The Wall Camp).
Well, that’s it for this entry. Until next time, see you at the rink.