Diary of a road warrior

Brock Montgomery of the Kootenay Ice takes us inside — and offside — life on the road

Brock Montgomery

Brock Montgomery

Day One

Wednesday, February 13

Well we had a huge team win tonight against Victoria 5-1.  We ate upstairs after the game and had some awesome pulled pork sandwiches.  I sat with Jeff, Cabes, Smirk and Desh and we had to listen to Hubes terrible jokes all supper.  Once we ate we loaded the bus for our 15 hour bus trip.

We watched Step Brothers on the bus.  I went up and sat with some of the rocks to hear the stupid things they were talking about.  Shirls is a real treat to sit beside…Not the sharpest tool in the shed to put it nicely.  (He seen me writing this and said, “Man, I’m actually so smart, ask me some questions.”)  We finished up the movie by now and we all went to bed.  Some players sleep across the seats, others sleep on the floor.

Day Two

Thursday, February 14

I was woken up around 11 a.m. from the overly obnoxious voice of Birder and Vets.

We arrived in Brandon around 1:30 p.m. and unloaded our gear, checked in, and ate a meal of pasta and chicken by 2 p.m.  Now we are going down to the rink to stretch and do a little run to loosen up for tomorrow.  We played soccer at the rink after we stretched.  It got pretty heated, some guys were pretty upset.  Tommy didn’t take the lost too well.  My team, the ‘Cobras’ took the victory 15-8.

After we were done, some guys went to their rooms while other wandered around the rink and checked out the trade show going on.

We ate supper at 7:30, had pasta, potatoes, veggies and garlic bread.  Me and Zach ran across the street to grab some ice cream after then went back to my room.  By the way, Sammy is my roommate.  We watched Jimmy Fallon and went to bed around 11:30pm.

Day Three

Friday, February 15

Woke up at 8:15 a.m. and we ate breakfast at 8:30 a.m.  Had bacon, powdered eggs…those never get old (kidding), hashbrowns and pancakes.  Birder and Shirls forgot their dress shoes on the bus so THAT’S ALWAYS a big ordeal.  Except today was special.  If you forget your dress shoes you just wear your street shoes.  That is what Bird did but not Shirls.  He thought if he just wore black dress socks no one would notice.  He thought wrong!

After, we went to the rink and had a quick practice we went over video of the opponent, looking at tendencies and habits to look for in tonight’s game.  Since the hotel and rink are connected, the boys can do whatever they want after the video was done, go to their rooms and nap or stay and stretch.  Pre game is at 3:30 p.m. and after we go to our rooms to relax until we have to be at the rink, which is 5:30 p.m. tonight for the 7:30 p.m. start.

We came up short tonight, but not enough time left in the season to sit and pout about it.  We have to get ready for tomorrow and get the two points we need.  We ate at Gullivers after the game and had steak and potatoes.  Went straight to our rooms after supper and watched some TV then went to bed around 12 a.m.

Day Four

Saturday, February 16

Today I woke up at 10:15 a.m., went and ate breakfast at 10:30 a.m., then headed to the rink.  At the rink I stretched out and played soccer, then had a quick team meeting amongst ourselves and then I headed to my room.  I changed into my track suit and some guys stayed in their rooms while others went to grab a sub or something and watch the bantam tourney that is going on.

We ate pre game at 3:30 p.m. then me and Sam came back to our room.  We just laid in our beds watching TV for an hour then showered and walked over to the rink for 5:30 p.m.

HUGE win for the boys tonight!  Marty, the beast from the east put home the OT winner.  After the game we cooled down on the bikes and stretched then we went to eat.  Had some awesome sandwiches, club house to be exact.  After we came back to the hotel and me and Sam are just going to freshin’ up to head out for a night on the town to celebrate the win.  I’ll write more when we get back at 2 a.m. and let you know how that goes.

Ok, so I lied.  We are just watching the Oilers play…it’s like watching paint dry.  I wish there was a good game on.  We plan on going to sleep about 12:30 a.m. or so.

Day Five

Sunday, February 17

Day off today.  We woke up at 9:00 a.m. and ate at 9:30 a.m. after we loaded our stuff up on the bus.  We had bacon, sausage, pancakes and powdered eggs.  Powdered eggs never get old….(hint of sarcasm).  I’m going to go out on a limb and say they have no nutritional value whatsoever.  Once we ate we loaded in for a six hour drive…so we hoped.  It was more like eight because the roads were terrible.  We watched Wedding Crashers, a poker movie with Matt Damon, I can’t remember the name.  Then some movie I have no idea what it was.  A lot of guys took naps, some listened to music, some text their girlfriends…a lot.  Others just talked with the fellas on the bus.  About six guys joined in on a card game called Shnarpples….I was playing Skapper in Risk (He is really bad!).  We ate when we got to one of the best cities in Canada…good Old Moose Jaw.  We had lasagna there.

Finally, we got to Swift Current after what felt like 12 hours.  We unpacked our equipment, went to the hotel and sat around for an hour.  Me and Sam thought up a good idea while we were waiting to leave.  He wasn’t coming for supper since he was going out with his agent. So when we left, he got a key to Pheeser, Cabes and OC’s room and put toilet paper across everything.  It was a pretty funny prank!

After supper we just relaxed in the room and are heading to bed around 11 p.m.!

Day Six

Monday, February 18


Wake up was 10:00 a.m. and we ate at 10:15 a.m.  It was an amazing occurrence to see real eggs so everyone was pretty happy.  After we ate we had a meeting and watched video about Swift Current then came back to the room for an hour.

We loaded the bus at 11:50 a.m. for our game at 2:00 p.m. today.  We went to the rink and everyone did their pre game routine.  I don’t do a whole bunch, just play soccer and stretch then a quick little soccer game then I’m ready to go.

HUGE win today, moved us into a playoff spot.  Desh had a hat trick to seal the deal.  We ate at Houston Pizza’s then bused home.  While on the bus we watched some 30 on 30 movies and guys played cards and games.  We got home around 2 a.m.

Thank you for reading, hope you enjoyed what it’s like from my view on our road trip. – Brock Montgomery

Glossary of Terms

Jeff/Hubes — Jeff Hubic

Cabes — Levi Cable

Desh — Jaedon Descheneau

Smirk — Jagger Dirk

Shirls — Collin Shirley

Sam/Sammy — Sam Reinhart

Tommy — Matt Thomas

Zach/Pheeser— Zach McPhee

Bird/Birder — Jordyn Boyd

Marty — Jon Martin

Skapper — Mackenzie Skapski

OC — Kyle O’Connor

Vets — Austin Vetterl