For his birthday this year I compiled a photo diary + transcripts of my journal for our trip to Canada and the US from December 1993 - January 1994. In early 1993 Joshy was selected to represent Australia in the Under 15 Ice Hockey team to compete in the Royal Canadian Legion 18th Annual International Ice Hockey Tournament in Red Deer, Alberta, commencing 27th December 1993. We saved hard so all three of us could go on the Ice Hockey Tour, then stay on for three more weeks so we could see a bit of the US (Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Washington).
We had a wonderful week on Vancouver Island and four days in Vancouver while the team prepared for the tournament before heading to Red Deer in Alberta.
Joshy was able to live out his dream of playing non stop hockey in a country as obsessed with the sport as he was at that time.
When he wasn't playing competitive hockey he loved playing "pick up" games with the local kids (and Dads) on the outdoor rinks on every street corner (almost) in Red Deer. These outdoor rinks were just sports ovals. Over winter the local fire brigades kept the ovals sprayed with water, which then froze, creating perfectly smooth and safe surfaces for skating.