Hey everybody, a lot has happened since my last entry so... let's get down to business.
My family came to see me for a week and let's just say it's never boring with the "Griswolds." I call my family this since I think we are a lot like the Griswold family in the National Lampoon Vacation movies.
We decided to stay at a hotel since the weather is a little colder out now and they have an indoor pool. The Rivers kids love the pool.
It also becomes a big part of letting them blow off some steam, because let me tell you that having my three kids in a hotel room for too long is like watching the annual running of the bulls. They are great kids but they have a lot of energy. I would also like to thank the cleaning crew that had to come in there every day, I am sure that when they first saw the room their instincts were to call the police and report a robbery. It was pretty upside-down in there.
The "Griswolds" were here for Thanksgiving as well, and that was nice since last year we had to spend it apart, as I was playing overseas in Russia.
The Wolves ownership had the most amazing dinner set up for us at the Drake Hotel in Chicago. There was more food than I have ever seen before at a Thanksgiving meal. It could have fed us for a month, although Mike "Don't Hassle the Hoff" Hoffman tried his best to eat it all.
This was absolutely the best team organized meal I have been to in 14 years of professional hockey. They didn't forget anything and what was really impressive was the set up for the kids. They had an enormous room for the kids to run, play and act wild. There was a great babysitter and my kids had a blast. They also had a great little buffet for the kids including hot dogs, which were not only popular with the kids, but also "The Hoff." I watched him crush one while on break from the main buffet. (Sorry buddy, I couldn't let you get away with it unnoticed) A great time was had by all and I'm looking forward to the next one.
While here in Chicago, my family got to see three games and although it's quite a chore for my wife, who is eight months pregnant, the kids really enjoy it. They get pretty pumped up, but not just to watch the game. They love Skates (of course) and especially like playing floor hockey in the Wives' Room with the other kids. I think that they play just as hard as we do on the ice.
However, the Rivers boys have trouble playing anything without full contact. This means "Mrs. Griswold" (my wife) must referee from the couch and make sure things don't get too crazy. I always come up after the game to see my kids red in the face and out of breath. I also get to see my wife red in the face and ready to go! One thing is for sure, it is never boring when the kids are around.
My wife and kids have since returned home and are getting ready for Christmas, which will be another action-packed fiesta. Until then, I will be doing my best to keep busy and win hockey games.