Mid Ice Crisis finally scored a medal this year in the CAN/AM Tournament in Toronto. We managed a record of 1-2-1 which was good enough in a four team tournament to put us into the Bronze Medal Game, where we won 9-2, against the Angry Dragons from Buffalo. We ended up playing four games in two days (1 Friday, 2 Saturday, 1 Sunday) with the Medal game on Sunday morning at 9am. We were a couple men down and considering the early start time it was an amazing turn of events to win. Also, we had previously lost to our opponent. Maple Leaf Gardens Throughout the tournament we played at multiple facilities but our first two games were at the old Maple Leaf Gardens which is now the Mattamy Athletic Centre at the Gardens at Toronto’s Ryerson University. The setup is basically a recreational facility with the original facade of the Maple Leaf Gardens as well as the top of the area where the ice rink is situated. Probably the highlight of the trip outside of the Medal was being able to play at this venue.
Left Field Brewing
While in Toronto I hit up Left Field Brewing in the East York neighborhood. The brewery was baseball themed and had MLB Network playing on the couple TVs. All of their beers are baseball related. A really nice small brewery. I enjoyed their Wrigley Oat Pale Ale, a great light beer. I probably could have spent the rest of the day there.
*We flew Porter Airlines into Billy Bishop Airport in Toronto. Porter is run like I imagine an airline was run 35 years ago. Glassware, stewardesses, propeller plane.
** On my way to Midway the Uber vehicle blew a tire on the highway. I called Todd who had just passed me on the highway in his Uber and they were able to swing back around and pick me up. I like to think if Uber was regulated, a vehicle inspection would have noticed the complete bald tires.
*** Previous CAN/AM Tornaments: CAN/AM Montreal – 2015