Peters settled in Olympic Village ahead of first game - Feb. 15, 2018
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
Justin Peters, a native of Blyth and long-time professional hockey player, is now settled into the Olympic Village in South Korea ahead of the team’s first game on Feb. 15.
Peters is a member of the men’s hockey team, which will vie for gold in the coming weeks. He began his hockey career playing in the Blyth Minor Hockey Association.
In an e-mail to The Citizen, he said that the Canadian staff members have really gone out of their way.
“The staff has decorated the Canadian building with lots of Canadian flags and decorations to make it feel like home,” Peters said.
He says that he and his teammates have practised in the Olympic hockey venue twice already and that it’s a beautiful location with a top-notch ice surface.
The team has already played in an exhibition game, taking on Sweden in Incheon, South Korea. It was a three-hour bus ride from the Olympic Village, but the Canadians were able to manage a 4-1 win.
In between practising and resting up ahead of the competition, Peters said he and the other hockey players have made a point to get around to various other competitions to cheer on their fellow Canadians.
“We went and watched the Canadian women’s [hockey] team play Finland and they won 4-1. We also went and watched the men’s snowboarding half-pipe qualifying,” Peters said. “We also saw Canada win a gold medal in mixed curling. That’s been the highlight so far.”
As far as off-ice action is concerned, Peters says it has been an amazing experience simply mingling and conversing with the other athletes.
Peters reports that the weather in South Korea has been very cold on a consistent basis. He has come to expect temperatures of -10ºC and windy every day, with temperatures dropping even further in the mountain cluster to -20ºC regularly.
Peters and his teammates begin games in the round-robin stage on Feb. 15 against Switzerland at 7:10 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.
Justin’s parents, Jeff and Janice, are leaving Blyth for the Olympics on Feb. 15. They’ll miss the team’s first game, but will be in stands for the rest of the games.
They play again the following day against the Czech Republic at 10:10 p.m. and finish the round-robin stage with a game against hosts South Korea on Feb. 18 at 7:10 a.m.