So Santa Claus got some snowshoes for both Zachary and Tristan … so I thought since we had a break from the usual busy hockey and other sports’ schedules this lovely Saturday that we could drive out to the country place … Turns out it was the right decision and the super sunny and relatively mild weather made it perfect for Tristan and I to explore the forest on my mom’s property. Tristan enjoyed trailblazing routes where it was a bit tougher for a 6’4+ father to crouch underneath.

He was particularly impressed with the steel rails on the MSR Shift snowshoes which make them pretty efficient for scrambling up steep pitches – and possibly escaping from the multitude of animals (bears, rabbits, deer and moose tracks according to Tristan, though I think the reality may be a bit less varied … who knows!)

The MSR Shift snowshoes ($89.95 regular price at most stores including Mountain Equipment CoopCabela’s CanadaSail and several others) are pretty well designed. The rep at Sail, where Santa Claus found them, recommended them because of the traction bars / rails which, in combination with the standard crampons at the front are good for traction both uphill and downhill.

They won’t provide serious floating in super powdery snow, but that’s balanced out by good agility and Tristan loves running in them.

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Bravo à Tristan pour son beau travail (encore) dans les buts avec les Conquérants de St-Basile-le-Grand dans leur match contre les Éperviers de St-Bruno hier soir… victoire 3-2 !

After so many tough games this first win of the season is well deserved!

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Zachary Majumdar au centre avec Hockey St-Basile MAGH-2

Bravo Zachary qui a réussi son premier tour de chapeau (3 buts dans un match) ce matin lors du match de son équipe MAGH-2 (rouge) vs. St-Lambert…

Zach était particulièrement en forme pendant que Tristan, et moi, l’encourageai de nos superbes places dans les estrades a l’aréna Jean Rougeau à St-Basile-le-Grand.

Après son deuxième but Tristan est allé donner quelque conseils a Zachary, durant un changement de ligne, concernant l’idée de faire des feintes sur le gardien de St-Lambert. J’avais dis à Tristan que ça, c’est le travail de l’équipe de coaching (Patrick Germain est le directeur de coaching des équipes Pre-Novice / MAGH a Saint-Basile) mais bon, que veux tu, un frère veut toujours (sans le dire) aider son plus jeune a mieux jouer. Ca fonctionné et quelques minutes plus tard, Zachary avait réussi son 3e but.


Hats off to Zachary who had his 1st hat trick (3 goals in a game) this morning in the game between his MAGH-2 (red) team vs. the visiting St-Lambert…

Zach was particularly in shape while Tristan, and I, cheered him on from our great spots in the stands at the Jean-Rougeau Arena in St-Basile-le-Grand.

After his second goal, Tristan went to give a few tips to Zachary, while there was a line change, suggesting he try faking shots on the St-Lambert goalie. I had said to Tristan that it was the job of the coaching staff (lead by Patrick German, coaching director of the Saint-Basile pre-novice / MAGH teams) but alas… a brother always wants to help out (without admitting it) his younger sibling to play better. It worked and Zachary scored his hat trick 3rd goal a few minutes later.

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Tristan (with his black jersey teammates) won the St-Basile-le-Grand soccer U8 semi-finals!

Well it was perfect weather; sunny and about 22 Celsius… the field was pretty much dry and the two U8 teams were VERY closely matched with only one goal being scored by the black jerseys well into the 2nd half of the match. There was plenty of action at both ends of the field, both offensively and of course Tristan did a great job on defense.

He was most proud of his game, and the other team was a bit dejected after the game… but such is competitive sport, and it is about the fun after all.

Zach was onhand (and very happy to see me) and we cheered Tristan on – although Zachary wanted to play soccer with me :)

The final game is tomorrow morning! Bravo les gars!!

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