The Spengler Cup and Davos are already tucked away as memories for the Bears as they are now focused on just one thing – the KHL playoffs. However the wives and girlfriends of Medvescak's players will be thinking about the beautiful snowy fairy tale town that won them over in just a few days for some time to come. Nathan Perkovich's fiancé Rebecca Bruculere wrote a short story that describes how the wives, girlfriends, and children of Medvescak's players experienced Davos and the Spengler Cup.
Read her story....
''For the six days after Christmas up until New Years day, I was able to participate in something I can honestly say was one of the most unique experiences I have had in my life. Being able to attend the the oldest invitational hockey tournament was something I never would have imagined doing in my life, and it was something that will remain with me for a very long time.
This trip to Davos was my first time visiting Switzerland, and it was definitely a great place to start. The view from our hotel was absolutely incredible. Being able to see the city from above, and the mountains from below was something I had only seen in pictures. For those who haven’t had the pleasure of seeing the Swiss Alps, it’s hard to describe just how beautiful it is, but take my word for it, they are utterly breathtaking!
Being from the region of upstate New York, USA, I’ve spent my life dealing with impossibly snowy winters, and Davos was covered in it. But the snow in this resort ski town was something amazing to experience. The town was covered in beautiful Christmas lights, everything from hotels, to apartments, to large trees up in the mountains were decorated beautifully. I would have to say one of the best decorations was at a small ice skating rink, where large neon plastic Christmas trees lit up the outside of the rink.
Fortunately, I was able to attend all three of Medveščak’s games during the Spengler Cup, and the atmosphere for all three was very exciting! The stands were packed, and the standing only area had so much energy! As always, Medveščak has the best fans, and it was no different over 700km from home. For me, the most exciting game was Medveščak vs. Davos. We had a lot of fans, they had a lot of fans, and there was a really fun energy in the crowd. The fans at all of the games were really great, you could tell the crowd was happy to just watch good hockey, no matter who was playing. Nathan and I are both from the US, but it was exciting to hear from our Canadian friends, who were able to watch the game on local TV in Canada, after the games. They were thrilled to get to see Nathan play in such a well known tournament on local TV, and also some shots of us girls and kids representing in our Medveščak gear in the stands!
While the guys were at practice, the other wives, girlfriends and kids enjoyed spending our afternoons taking the bus downtown and walking around. We were able to enjoy local and traditional Swiss food like cheese and of course, Swiss chocolate! But I couldn’t leave Switzerland without sampling cheese fondue! Some of the girls who had previously been to Davos recommended a fantastic piano bar where we enjoyed exciting music one night.
When Nathan wasn’t at practice we were lucky enough to meet up with some friends from Team Canada, spending an afternoon with them up on Schatzalp mountain. We took the cable car up to the top, and while the guys enjoyed coffee and an incredible view, the girls and kids took toboggans down to the bottom. I’ve never been on a toboggan before, and the path was pretty scary at some points with no barriers to keep you from falling off the edge, but after making it safely to the bottom, I couldn’t wait to do it again!
Nathan and I spent most of our free time walking around the town, enjoying the main promenade. We visited many of the local shops, purchased some souvenirs and stopped to warm up with some Swiss hot chocolate. We made sure to buy authentic Swiss army knives for family back home in the US. I also needed a Davos magnet to add to my collection of European cities I have visited.
One memorable moment was being able to sit in the hotels outdoor heated pool while it was snowing, surrounded by friends, after being outside in the cold all day!
This week was something I will never forget, and both Nathan and myself were incredibly lucky to be a part of it. We can only hope that one day will can return to Davos, adding another amazing adventure to our already exciting life.''