My Two Sens Worth -- Jan. 12
They’ve lived the dream through their sons for so many years. Now they’ll get to experience it themselves.
When the Ottawa Senators’ current road trip takes them to Montreal later this week, 15 of the team’s players will be joined by their fathers for what should be a memorable weekend of hockey – and so much more. The group of dads will attend Saturday’s game at the Bell Centre against the Canadiens, then accompany their sons on the team’s charter flight to Boston to round out the trip with a Monday afternoon game at the TD Garden.
“It’ll be pretty neat,” said Senators forward Chris Kelly. “I know my dad (Blair) is pretty excited about it. I’m sure all the other dads are, too, so it should be a lot of fun. I try to explain to my dad how well we get treated, especially on the plane and things like that, but to actually show him will be pretty neat.”
In addition to the games, the dads will attend the pre-game skates in both buildings, have lunch with the players, sit beside their sons on the plane and share a hotel room with them in Montreal and Boston. The contingent will include three fathers flying in from Europe – Hasse Alfredsson and Jonas Karlsson, both from Sweden, and Harri Ruutu, who is arriving from Finland.
“Every guy (on the team) I talk to thinks it’s a great idea,” said Kelly. “I’ve been here five years, but there are guys who have been here a lot longer than I have, like Fishy (Mike Fisher), Spezz (Jason Spezza) and Alf (Daniel Alfredsson). I think this is the first time they’ve ever had a father’s trip, so I know those guys and their dads have to be really excited about it.”