Sharks Diary With Scott Thornton
This is the first installment of Sharks Diary, which will feature a different player throughout the season. The first diary of the season is from Scott Thornton.
"Two more home games then we head off on our longest road trip of the season. Sunday morning we'll start a 7-game, 14-day trip.
Traveling in the NHL has its ups and downs and it bring both the good and the bad. It's a chance to bond with teammates. You get to know the new guys and the young guys. Also when we're on the road, there are fewer distractions. It's all about the games.
The bad part is being away from family. I miss my family a lot. To stay in touch I make a lot of phone calls. I probably talk to my wife and kids three or four times a day.
Getting ready for a trip as long as this is a real challenge. Packing is a real tough one. What kind of clothes do you do for a trip that hits sunny Florida and freezing Boston? I'll have both golf shirts and winter coats in my bag. A veteran move is to bring lots of black clothes. Stain resistant stuff is a must. Haha.
On this one I'll spend a lot of time in the plane. For me it's a chance to watch some DVD movies. I like a lot of different kinds of films. I enjoy comedies, suspense and crime flicks. I am a big fan of mafia type movies like the Godfather.
I'll also do some reading. For me it's all non-fiction books. I basically read to learn. I'm into biographies and history. Lately I've been reading about our relationship with Afghanistan.
On the road we have spend lots of time on the plane, on the bus, at games and at practice. But we also have plenty off down time. I basically like to just hang out. I catch up on my sleep. We catch some movies and shop. Meals are a big part of our day. We get together, pick out a spot and make an evening of it. Meals are a social thing on the road. The guys have a lot of fun with it.
There's always talk of playing at home compared to playing on the road. For me, the biggest difference in San Jose is you have more control of your time and you can enjoy the comforts of home. You get to nap in your own bed. Even things like training facilities. At home we have the good bikes. On the road, who knows what you'll get?
Part of the NHL life is we have roommates on the road. I've been pretty lucky. I've had some great roomies over the years. For a few years in Montreal Turner Stevenson was my roommate. We got along really well. For the past few years here I shared a room with "Mush", Bryan Marchment. He's a great guy. This season I'm teamed up with Vinnie Damphousse. We are very compatible. We have similar interests. That's probably the most important thing. Life would be rough with a bad roommate.
We really don't talk about hockey much. I'll read, watch TV and so on. I try to stay busy. We don't spend all that much time in the room.
It's always great to get home. We usually land late at night and I'll tip-toe in and check on the kids. They understand this is what I do for a living and traveling is just part of it. It is never easy to be away though.
But before we leave, we've got some work to do. Chicago tomorrow and Phoenix on Sunday. The trip comes later."
It's a chance to bond with teammates. You get to know the new guys and the young guys.
Stain resistant stuff is a must. Haha.
Meals are a social thing on the road. The guys have a lot of fun with it.
This season I'm teamed up with Vinnie Damphousse. We are very compatible. We have similar interests.
Dude, you realize Sunny could be reading this?
Ahh, I am very squealy and happy now. I like how he tries to educate himself and stuff while he's on the road. :)