April Newsletter 2015

Tue, Jun 2nd 2015, 15:13

Club News from HIPA

Hello HIPA members,

In this newsletter, you will find:
  • We have some great tour summaries,
  • A reminder of our #Whatdoyoudoforhockey T-shirt contest,
  • We Tee-up our May tour to Montreal Quebec Canada.
I hope you enjoy these updates.  Let me know what you think of our monthly correspondence.  

Yours in hockey,
Paul de Verteuil
HIPA President

Tour Wrap-up:

Collingwood Canada April 17/18
In the March 2015 edition of HIPA’s member newsletter (www.hockey-ipa.com/resources/post/65 ), we profiled the “Fours Hockey” tournament format (www.fourshockey.com) because HIPA was excited to be participating in the inaugural Collingwood Fours Hockey Tournament April 17 and 18 in Collingwood Ontario Canada.  Simply said, Fours Hockey is everything it was cracked up to be and more!
HIPA’s tour team was facing some tough challenges … the night before the tournament.  Due to last minute conflicts, the tour team was looking rather anemic.  Five skaters were committed to take the ice, but we had just lost a goaltender and two other skaters. Not to worry, HIPA called upon our vast and extensive hockey network to find replacements. 
In goal we found Kyna, a 22 year old from the Collingwood area.  She was unfamiliar with the Fours Hockey format and understandably a little nervous.  Rob joined the team to provide some much needed legs.  By the time our first game started, two of our committed players we still 15 minutes away from town.
Four skaters (Mike, Ed, Rob, Paul) and our young goaltender bravely faced what can only be described as a firing squad.  In 12 minutes, HIPA emerged from our first ever Fours Hockey game, having lost 10-1.  Things didn’t look promising.  Armed with a positive attitude and reinforced by new recruit Chuck and recent arrivals Joey and Lee, HIPA lost game two, 5-4.  Improvements continued through Friday evening with a win and a tie in the next games.
Friday night provided the HIPA team a great bonding opportunity over a few suds.  But Saturday morning arrived quickly and along with it, a second round of games.  HIPA’s competition continued to make things difficult for our boys and girl.  In four games on Saturday morning, HIPA managed just two ties and two close losses, but it was enough to earn HIPA 4th place and a single game elimination contest with the 5th place team.
HIPA President Paul often says as he steps on the ice, “Let’s make some magic happen!”
This is where the “magic” started happening.  By virtue of a 2-1 win in the play-in game, HIPA earned a semi-final match against the first ranked team.  With just 30 seconds remaining in the 3rd period, HIPA scored against the very team that beat them 10-1 earlier in the tournament, to take a 3-2 win and a birth in the championship game.
For posterity, it is important to record some of the details of this final game.  Facing the second ranked team, HIPA was most certainly the underdog team.  15 seconds into the game, HIPA found themselves down 1-0.  About 45 seconds into the game, HIPA was down 2-0 and it looked like the magic had run out.  But, despite what seemed like a forgone conclusion, goaltender Kyna stopped a break-away chance and soon thereafter Rob potted HIPA’s first goal of the championship game.  End to end action filled the remainder of the game and goaltenders admirably backstopped their respective teams.  With less than 60 seconds remaining and HIPA still down 2-1, our boys could not gain good control of the puck and as such Kyna was stuck in the net.  As seconds ticked away along with our hope, the puck was iced into the opposition end.  The opposition’s goaltender left his net to play the puck to safety and allow the remaining seconds to tick-away.  The only player on either team who had not conceded the game was Joey.  He skated the length of the ice in a flash stripped the puck from the unsuspecting goaltender and executed a wrap-around into an empty net to tie the game with 2 seconds remaining.
If you think this summary is long, you might not believe what happened next.  With every person in the arena glued to the glass, HIPA and our opponents proceeded to play 3 more overtime periods.  Kyna’s heroics in net, were only matched by those of Joey at the other end.  In the 7th period, Joey potted the game winner to secure HIPA the championship!
Both teams played amazing and Fours Hockey left a memorable impression on the Collingwood hockey community!

HIPA Members Carrying the Puck … Elsewhere

HIPA member Rollie Blanchette lives in White Rock British Columbia Canada and clearly embraces HIPA’s borderless hockey concept.   Rollie wanted to tour Europe and figured, why not play some hockey along the way.  He arranged a cruise, recruited players and off they went.  Though they didn’t have a full team on tour, they didn’t let that stop them.  Rollie and team experienced for themselves, one of the most amazing things happens when you open your dressing room door and invite others to fill out your roster!  You become teammates and often friends.  Sounds like some good hockey with good friends and memories that will last a lifetime!

An Amazing Eight Days  

- Courtesy of Rollie Blanchette:
What a wonderfully successful European hockey cruise!  After a restful night at a hotel in Amsterdam, the team was welcomed on the MS AmaCello on Thursday, March 26th, 2015.  This beautiful ship was home base for the team members and their spouses for eight glorious days, travelling along the Rhine River from Amsterdam to Basel.
The team played three hockey games on the Tour.  The first game was in a small town outside of Amsterdam where the Canadian men were victorious over their Dutch opponents.  The team enjoyed a celebration visit to a local bar before returning to the ship by bus.
The second game was held in a suburb of Cologne against a team of skilled German players.  The game ended in a tie and both teams celebrated at a local pizzeria.  The team was then taken on a spectacular tour of Cologne, ending the day at the rustic Colner Hofbrau brewpub, just steps away from the magnificent UNESCO Cologne cathedral.
The final game was held in a small town near Mainz, Germany.  The opposing team was an interesting mix of German players and US military from a nearby base.  The game ended in a tie and went to a shoot out.  Our Canadian team made a spectacular showing finishing on top.  The evening ended with celebrations at a Bavarian microbrewery where good food and beer was enjoyed by all.
The hockey games were certainly a highlight for team members, but so too were the many tours and excursions organized by the staff of the AmaCello.  The scenic cruising along the Rhine Gorge, tours of Speyer, Heidelberg, Strasbourg, Breisach and Freiburg were all enjoyed by the Canadians.  Some guests took advantage of the bicycle tours at each of the stops and were treated to a unique way of sightseeing.
Everything about this tour was first rate.  The food was impeccably prepared by classically trained chefs, and this delectable dining was complemented nightly by musical entertainment.  The staterooms were comfortable and functional but perhaps most impressive of all was the courteous, attentive staff on the AmaCello, who catered to our every whim with efficiency... and smiles.
It was truly an amazing eight days!!
For any or more information contact Rollie through his HIPA account.


We know you love hockey, that’s why you joined HIPA.  We love, that you love hockey.  So, share the love! 
What do you do because of your love for hockey? How is your playoff beard coming along? How badly do your lucky socks smell?  Did you really name your son Nicolas Henry just because your last name starts with an “L” and you thought it would be a nice tribute to the game?
Get creative and post it on Facebook using #whatdoyoudoforhockey
Club President Paul de Verteuil has posted his entry to get the movement started. 
And to sweeten the pot, we will be giving away a HIPA T-shirt to one lucky person who shares their post before the end of April 2015!  So Hurray!!!

2015 Coming HIPA Tours:

Registration is open for the following tours.  To check on availability email info@hockey-ipa.com any time.
Montreal Canada May 1 – 3
Montreal is HIPA’s longest running tour destination.  It was the destination of our inaugural tour and each year we look forward to returning to this unique North American city. 
Rich in culture, Montreal offers incredible nightlife, delicious cuisine and hockey madness like nowhere else in the world.  Looks like this Spring our tour will again coincide with Canadiens second round playoff games, leaving tour members with an unforgettable energy emanating from the city centre!
For the full 2015 tour Calendar visit: www.hockey-ipa.com/tours/index/1

A COED Puck (Hockey) and Beach (Volley Ball) tour to Toronto Canada in August.

And our extremely popular year-end tour to Las Vegas Nevada in October which is filling up fast!
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