EDMONTON — For a hockey fan, this is the ultimate set-up.
Everywhere you turn, there’s a game. Every hour, there’s a game.
Don’t want to watch it on the giant screen and bask in the sunshine, just outside Rogers Place? Head back to your hotel room and turn on the T.V. Or head to the restaurant and it’s on any number of flatscreens there. Or join your teammates in one of the team’s suites. Or walk a few steps and you’re inside the arena and can watch it up close. Bring your jacket or a hot Double-Double from Tim Hortons to keep you warm though.
In the National Hockey League bubble in downtown Edmonton, part of the ‘Return to Play’ set-up to protect players and staff from the COVID-19 pandemic, the game is on.
“I’ve been saying it all along — it’s a youth hockey tournament. Everywhere you go, there’s a game on T.V. or you go to dinner or you’re at the game or you’re watching it,” said Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk. “It’s an exciting time for a hockey fan and for us players, it’s exciting too. We’re keeping tabs on the other teams, just watching as fans.”