On Thursday, March 12th I was at university. The module was about coaching, taught practically. This really resembled a day-long PE/Gym lesson from my high school days. Except for this time I was both the teacher and the student. We played sport all day for two days. the focus was to learn about the fundamental principles of coaching and deliver two sessions ourselves while acting as players for the others in the group to coach. Little did I know that would be the last time I would kick a ball with someone else for 61 days. Within a week almost every sporting league in the world was put on hold. I was made redundant from two (later furloughed for one) jobs. A few days later the UK was placed on "lockdown".
While it seems like only yesterday Orlando City ended the 2019 season with a 5-2 loss against the Chicago Fire and a swift sacking of James O'Connor, it was over four months ago. At the time of writing it's now just over a week before the start of a new season, with new players and a new Head Coach in Óscar Pareja. Here's why we can not only be excited, but also optimistic about the upcoming season for our Lions.
With the Boston Bruins in China as part of Bruins global, it gave us the chance to look back at other times the NHL has traveled outside of North America. Such as when, in 2010, six NHL teams played in Europe. This involved the Bruins who played two games against the Coyotes (splitting the series one a piece) and a game against HC Liberec of the Czech Republic, along with a trip to Belfast, Northern Ireland to play the Belfast Giants Select hockey team.