The Ottawa Sun observes a trek made by locked-out NHLers to the Northwest Territories for three charity games was popular both for residents and visitors, by all accounts.
Something similar might again be organized by John Chabot if the season doesn’t start soon.
Chabot, who brought the players to Yellowknife and surrounding areas to make a positive, impressionable mark on youths, wouldn’t have a hard time selling Senators defenceman Marc Methot on a second expedition.
“Absolutely,” Methot said Monday, when asked if he would take part in a similar trip. “I wouldn’t even care where it was.
“That’s the one small bright spot (of the lockout), we get to go around and play in front of these people that aren’t exposed to much NHL in person. It doesn’t matter if it’s all-star style no hitting, we’re still there and they can see were having a good time on the ice. Sometimes that might be more entertaining, just to see us messing around and having a good time out there. Especially for the kids, they can see us skating and that we’re just like them, in a sense, especially with (Nashville’s Jordin) Tootoo, growing up where he grew up and making it to the NHL. That shows there’s a lot of hope for these kids that want to play hockey. It’s a positive thing.”
“The biggest thing I can say, is the people were so over the top friendly, and accommodating,” added Methot. “It made our trip that much better. Anything we needed or wanted, they were there for us. They just seemed delighted to help us all the time.”