I made a trip to Ankara to sign with a team in the Turkish Superleague, the Capital Stars, this week. Thus, I missed Thursday practice with the Stars team and Saturday and Sunday morning practices with the Minik team. My buddy, who is head coach of these teams anyway, ran the practices. I'll save my experience with the Superleague team for another post.
I want to work on some more complicated drills with the women's team next practice. Perhaps, I will try some new flow drills with them, but this might be difficult on the small rink. Having played on an Olympic size rink this weekend, I realize how much of a disadvantage the Istanbul teams have. The desired effect of having continuous movement through a flow drill is greatly inhibited since there is no room for the kind of open ice movement and creativity one can achieve on an Olympic-sized rink. We'll see.
The first game is this coming weekend in Kocaeli, but unfortunately I will miss it due to a previously scheduled trip to the US. I will leave responsibility in the hands of my co-coach. Tomorrow we'll settle on lines, but I want him to make changes as necessary during the game.
I'll be rooting for them. Some of the girls are really into the sport and some are just participating for fun, but it's good to see those who are really into it get excited about the season.