Hockey Road Trip '08

Picture it: Toronto, late March 2008. Having been for the most part shunned by my hometown heroes and their policy of making it incredibly difficult for non-Ottawa residents to get to games, and being simultaneously uninspired to pay through the nose for what passes for hockey in these parts, I was more open to suggestion than usual on the matter of taking in some hockey in person.

So, me and my friend James piled into his car for a road trip, aiming for the fair cities of Pittsburgh and Columbus.

[ HSBC Arena from the road ]

The first point of interest after crossing the border at Buffalo was HSBC arena, home of the Buffalo Sabres. We would have liked to stop in for a game, but their home schedule didn't work to our advantage.

[ Pennsylvania border ]

It's a pretty straight shot southwest from Buffalo to the Pennsylvania border. James had never been to Pennsylvania before, and I had only been to Philadelphia. We were charting new territory.

[ Fake desserts at Boston Pizza ]

We stopped for lunch at a Boston Pizza in Erie, PA, that had us a little worried with these decidedly unappetizing fake desserts.

[ Zelienople ]

Admittedly this photo isn't much to look at, but I just like the sound of a place called Zelienople.

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