The St. John's Ice Caps are the newest hockey team in the city. They play in the AHL and are the NHL farm team for the Winnipeg Jets. I took in a game on January 15, 2012 and had ice level seats and it was the first time I've ever been so close and it was a great experience.
There were plenty of good body checks and hard shots off the glass making it a more entertaining experience at that level. Getting tickets to these games is a little tough right now because they are sold out most nights. I was lucky to have a friend with season tickets. Here is the game summary of my fortunate experience.
Team earns single point in 4-3 OT loss to Penguins
By Chris Doyle
St. John’s, NL – It could have been much worse, but it was still a tough pill to swallow for the home team.
The St. John’s IceCaps managed to scrape out a point, twice coming back from two-goal deficits, but ultimately losing in overtime 4-3 to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Sunday afternoon at Mile One Centre. The loss meant the IceCaps were swept in a two-game series for just the second time this season, with the only other instance coming back in late November after St. John’s lost a pair of games to the Toronto Marlies.
The power play was the story for a second straight game, and not in a good way. A night after surrendering back-to-back shorthanded goals in a span of 21 seconds in the third period, the IceCaps allowed yet another goal with the man-advantage and finished Sunday just 1-for-6, going a combined 1-for-11 in the two-game series.
Spencer Machacek, Ben Maxwell and Jason Jaffray scored for St. John’s (22-11-4-1), which has lost three-of-four and finished their six-game homestand with an even 3-3 record. The Penguins (22-12-1-4) moved to 16-3-0-2 on the road with the victory.
Bryan Lerg got things started in the first period at the 14:00 mark when he forced an IceCaps turnover just inside his own blueline and coasted in on a shorthanded breakaway, beating starter Eddie Pasquale for the game’s opening tally. Just 2:44 later, Robert Bortuzzo’s point shot deflected to rookie Paul Thompson, who buried his sixth goal of the season, giving the Penguins a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes.
After a bout between Kenndal McArdle and Zach Sill in the final minute of the opening frame, the IceCaps were energized coming out of the dressing room for the second period. Machacek made his way into the slot and wristed a shot that handcuffed Penguins goalie Scott Monroe for his 10th of the season just 2:18 into the frame, cutting the lead to 2-1 and restoring the faith of the 22nd consecutive sellout crowd at Mile One.
The score stayed that way until the 12:05 mark when Ben Street’s shot deflected off PEI native Geoff Walker’s skate and underneath Pasquale on the power play to give the Penguins a two-goal cushion once again.
The third period saw the Penguins get into severe penalty trouble in the early stages, but the IceCaps were unable to capitalize. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton took four straight minor penalties within a two-minute span, but the IceCaps’ struggling power play unit could not muster anything.
However, the momentum carried over despite the lack of success with the man-advantage. At the 12:46 mark, Kevin Clark gained the offensive zone and dropped a pass to Maxwell, who one-timed a shot past a partially-screened Monroe to close the gap to one. Then, the IceCaps finally came through on the power play at 13:50 of the third when Jason Jaffray marched towards the net and fired a perfectly-placed wrister off the post and in, beating Monroe high on the blocker side. Both teams had chances to take the lead late but the score remained even through 60 minutes, and overtime was needed to break the tie.
In the extra frame, it was Street who earned hero status, redirecting a Joey Mormina point shot that found the back of the net for the game-winner, sending the 6,287 in attendance home disappointed.
After playing six games in 10 days, the IceCaps get a break before heading out on the road next weekend for three games, beginning Friday in Hartford against the Connecticut Whale, then continuing in Portland on Saturday and Worcester on Sunday.
Catch all the action with Brian Rogers at www.stjohnsicecaps.com and on 930 AM This Is Newfoundland Labrador. Pregame show begins a half hour before game time.
St. John's was home to the AHL franchise St. John's Maple Leafs. The NHL farm team of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
It is great hockey to watch and during the winter it is worth buying a ticket.
Parking is a minor obstacle. You should either get a cab or there is a park and ride program. You can call for more details on this.
However the St. John's Maple Leafs no longer play in St. John's. They up and left like so many other teams in professional sports. St. John's now have a Quebec Major Junior Hockey Team. Their name is the St. John's Fog Devils. Actually, the Fog Devils are now gone as well. I just left this tip here for archive purposes and to waste your time! LOL
This hockey is a rank below the AHL but from what I am hearing it is much more entertaining hockey to watch. Have fun! I was there for the opening night.
The first period wasn't the greatest, but the second, third, OT and shoot out was exciting hockey. A couple of good fights too and the St. John's fans where great.
The Royal St. John's Regatta is the oldest organized sporting event in North America. It has been a part of Newfoundland history for 185 years. The first record of an organized event is in 1818, but rowing matches were common among ships crews in St. John's Harbour since at least the 1700's.
These days, the Regatta draws crowds of up to 50,000 people annually to the shores of Quidi Vidi Lake. It is widely known as "The Largest Garden Party in the World" because it has been about socializing as much as amateur sport. Concession stands, wheels of fortune, games of chance, and food & drink are just as much part of the Regatta's history as the races. Indeed, many people hardly notice the races, as they are too involved in the merrymaking on the shores of the lake.
I have a lot of fond memories of this event, it is crowded but a lot of fun, the beer tents are popular and downtown on George Street is usually great later in the night.
I probably shouldn't be writing this tip as it was a long time since I was at this place but I was right next to it a little while ago and it jogged my memory. But it's important VTers know all the places they can hit a golf ball I think so here is another option if you just want to hit a bucket of balls.
You may also be out in the Paradise area possible so its good to know about this place.
I may be mistaken but I think the tee's may be sheltered as well so a good place to hit some balls in the rainy weather. But call to confirm this part.
Long Pond is behind the business building at Memorial University. It's another large pond that you can access from the Health Sciences Center or the Fluvarium. It's about 45 minutes to walk all the way around.
This makes for another nice walk in St. John's. The trial is nice and you'll see some ducks and stuff. Enjoy!!
Kent's pond is located between the Holiday Inn and Confederation building. It's about 45 minutes to walk the whole way around. If your staying at the Holiday Inn its a great early morning walk. The trail starts right across the street from the hotel. Not to be confused with Kenny's pond on the back of the Holiday Inn.
These pictures are from one of my early morning walks around the pond!
During September 2005 I was in St. John's attending Memorial University's Executive Development Program and they brought us to Wall Nuts to try wall climbing. I had tried ice climbing at Mount Tremblant in the past but this was a first on a wall.
I got trained to belay again away I went with a fellow student Mike Whalen.
You can start on some of the easy walls and then really start to challenge yourself on the more difficult ones. No matter how well you are tied into the wall it still makes me nervous when you get near the top.
This is an excellent work out and you'll have fun. Great activity for a group of people to have fun as well.
Equipment: They provide everything you will need.
The Wilds on Salmonier Line is one of the provinces nicest golf courses for sure. I played there for the first time September 05 when some business people invited me to play a round.
The first 9 holes where horrible since I hadn't played in such a long time but on the back 9 I made 1 or 2 pars and even my first birdie.
It's a very scenic course, great property but also a very challening course. It's is well maintained but if you leave the fairways say good bye to your balls.
At the beginning of the 9th hole they have a phone where you can call and make an order from the barbeque. They'll then have it ready for you. I thought that was a neat feature.
The course is a quick drive mostly on divided highway from St. John's but certainly worth the day trip. Once you exit it's a little slower but scenic with lots of lakes and cabins. If you like golf you'll have fun for sure. I don't know what else to say other than to have fun. I have their web site listed for all the details on pricing, etcetera.
Equipment: I brought by own clubs and we rented carts. If they just had a lot of rain and they say its strickly cart paths only I think your just a well off just walking. Otherwise you seem to always be having to walk and get your cart.
Located in Pippy Park and just minutes from downtown St. John's, Admiral's Green offers a panoramic view of the oldest city in North America.
Opened in 1993 the Graham Cooke championship design treates the golfer to a challenge that Europeans have rated worthy of any British Open Championship. The course has hosted the Canadian Junior and Junvenile Nationals and the Canadian Pro Tour. And the Canadian Ladies National Championships. The course record remains at even par 71.
In 2002 6 new forward tees were constructed to make the course more user friendly for all levels of golfers. The course can now be played at length from 5279 to 6381 yards.
Completed in 1997, the magnificent two story air conditioned clubhouse provides full amenities and satellite T.V. With a breathtaking view of the courses, the ocean, and the city.
During my round of golf here it was very windy, sometimes this is good, somemore times not so good!
If you have some extra money a power cart would also be nice on this course. The distances between the pins and the next tee box is quite a ways on some holes.
Enjoy your golfing!!! Great course!
Captain's Hill is the original 9-hole course in Pippy Park. Named in recognition of the area's seafaring history, Captain's Hill sits high above the city with great vistas of the coastline.
Captain's Hill is located within minutes of downtown St. John's, with a full panoramic view of the city. You can see from the picture I took you get a great view out through the narrows on some holes, a view of Signal Hill and the Confederation Building.
In 2002 4 new forward tees were constructed to make the course more user friendly for all golfers. The course can now be played at length from 2326 to 3047 yards.
The course has some wind but the scenery is great. Be warned this is another course with some hills as well, making it an interesting walk and for some interesting tee shots!
Overall though I must say I enjoyed this course a lot. Great for getting 9 holes in.
If you just want to get out and hit a few balls on a driving range. There is a fairly good one located behind the Marine Institute.
It's cheaper than playing a round and for a bucket of balls you will be fine.
They need to do a little bit of work on this place but it will get you by :-)
The Osprey is a championship course. The Home of the NewTel Cup, it is the ultimate experience for the more serious golfer.
It is a par-72 course that covers more than 6,500 yards of golfing terrain. It is laid out over 175 acres and features almost complete separation between each of its 18 holes.
The Osprey is named after a feathered friend, who makes her cozy home atop the telephone pole to the left of the 16th fairway. It is a beautiful course that will test your ability.
The average playing time for The Osprey is 4 hours and 15 minutes.
The web site provided has a great course map and you can go hole by hole.
In September after 3 you can get the twillight pricing. I am obvioulsy no expert golfer but I have having a hard time finding my balls, maybe it was just the time of day.
It really is a beautiful course. Enjoy your round!!
Black Duck is the perfect course for a quick round of golf.
Black Duck is a par-64 course which includes eight par four and ten par-three holes. It's an executive style course.
When you play Black Duck, you'll experience the Clovelly wild. You'll see birds of all kinds... and maybe even a red fox or a moose, if you're lucky. I found it easy to loose balls on this course!!
The average playing time for Black Duck is 3 hours and 15 minutes. For more information, go to the web site and course map for Black Duck.
I find you have to be careful on this course as well. Where it is short you don't want to be hitting up on the people in front of you and its common to see some balls come your way from time to time.
But overall its a fun and scenic course.
The club house has some great food and beer on tap as well.
Bally Haly makes for a great day of golf right in the city. From the Silver Tees it is 5254 yards, Par 71, Rating 72.7, Slope 128.
There is a driving range.
There are great views of the city as you can see from this picture I provided on the number 6 hole.
The course usually has some wind and the fairways have lots of hills and different elevations. Rarely can you see the pin from the tee and it makes for an interesting walk for sure.
If you miss the fairway the course is forgiving with other fairways generally adjacent.
Enjoy your round!
Equipment: You can rent power carts and clubs if you don't have your own with you.
Mile One Stadium is a brand new sporting complex built in St. John's for hockey, wrestling, live music acts and a whole hosts of other sporting events.
The Stadium is located downtown and has a web site so for sporting events it is worth checking out the listings.