Greening: Holidays Are A Time For Family
Wednesday, 21.12.2011 / 9:18 AM
We’ve got a short Christmas break approaching at the end of this week and right now, guys are just making sure we play well up until those two days off. A lot of people use it as a benchmark. You’re almost halfway through the season and after you come back from Christmas holidays, you get that part of it out of your system. Everyone wants to spend time with their family and everyone wants to enjoy the holidays. So I think everyone just wants to make sure they’re playing well and have a good record going into the so-called second half of the season.
|Our Christmas break is short, but we try to make the most of it by spending time with family (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images).
It’s important to watch what you eat over the holidays, but you can always indulge yourself. I’m a big believer in it’s not about the wrong foods, it’s the wrong amounts. You can have your turkey and your stuffing and your fixins at Christmas dinner, but you can’t gorge yourself on it. That’s the biggest thing.
This is my first full season in the NHL and for me, I feel like it’s been so far, so good. There’s been some ups, there’s been some downs. It’s certainly a lot different than the AHL life. One of the biggest adjustments I’ve found was you don’t get too much of a mental break from it, whereas in the AHL, you play a lot of three games in three nights, but then you still get those four days off to practice.
When you’re at practice, you’re just there to work and you can kind of not worry about the games. The games are high stress and we’re travelling a lot more, so it’s definitely been an adjustment that way. But it’s been a blast for me. I’ve been able to play with great players and among the best players in the world, so it’s been a wonderful experience.
The AHL schedule is still a grind and it’s still tough in its own way. If I had to choose between the NHL and the AHL, I’d obviously choose the NHL for many reasons. But I guess the biggest one is to be able to play at this level. I’ve always wanted to do it and it’s always been a dream. And now it’s coming true.