A full day of travel that started in Coquitlam at 7am has concluded with the Express arrival in Dauphin Manitoba for the start of the Crescent Point Western Canada Cup.
It was a 2 ½ hour flight from Vancouver to Winnipeg. Then a bus was waiting at the airport that took the Express to Portage La Prairie for a quick bite to eat then the team settled in for a 2 ½ bus ride the rest of the way to Dauphin.
Upon arrival in Dauphin, the 2014 BCHL Champions made a stop at the Credit Union Centre to drop of bags and equipment as the Express got their first look at the rink where two berths in the RBC cup in Vernon will be determined.
Quickly a few players gave their assessment of the rink and made some comparisons to similar rinks in the BCHL. It has a feel similar to the Q Centre in Victoria but only a little older. And a little like the big stick in Cowichan Valley. Volunteers were ready and waiting for the arrival of the Express to help them settle into the rink.
Then it was off to the quick jaunt to the motel nearby which is a one minute walk from the Credit Union Centre.
Shortly after the players got settled into the hotel most went for a walk around the streets to get familiar with their surroundings and get an idea of what is within walking distance.
Friday the work for the Express will resume as they will practice for the first time in Dauphin. And over the next couple of days the festivities will get rolling and then the Express will see game action for the first time Sunday afternoon at 12:00 PM Pacific time as they will take on the AJHL champion Spruce Grove Saints.
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