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01-26-2013, 06:02 PM
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Originally Posted by moosehead81 View Post
Have you ever even visited Kenora? How do you know what kind of spot it is to work on a game or conditioning? if it's like anywhere else in Northern Ontario, it likely has a number of ice surfaces, including summer ice, a couple of world class gyms, both public and private, and, to boot, probably world class fishing, hunting and other outdoor water sport opportunities. And if I even had a hint of interest in these things with the kind of money MR makes, I'd probably avoid the big city life until the last possible minute too.
He obviously loves Kenora and who can blame him? People have to remember the players were locked out by their employers and didn't know if there would be a season at all. If you had the chance to stay home in winter for the first time since you were a kid, you'd jump at it if you loved the lifestyle. It's no different than Kopi saying he wouldn't leave Europe until he knew for sure there would be a season. He played on his brothers team because he always wanted to plAy with him even though it was a very weak league. Ovie stayed in Russia and played there like a lot of other Russians who otherwise would never get a chance to play in front of their home crowds. Look at how many of them didn't want to leave. Doughty stayed in London till the very last minute because he loves it there. If I had the chance to stay home and enjoy the winter activities I love with my friends and family I would pounce on it, because it won't happen till the next lockout or retirement, whichever comes first.

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