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Ducks Off the Ice by Adam Brady

We have a pretty good idea of how the seven Ducks Olympians spent their Olympic breaks, but what about those who weren't representing their countries in Sochi?

We asked a few of them, and predictably got the best report from the always-chatty Luca Sbisa, who spent his free time nearly giving his mother a heart attack.

Luca SbisaLuca Sbisa
On the Sunday after the game in Nashville, I flew home to Switzerland. As soon as they announced the [Team Switzerland] roster and I wasn’t on it, my mom was like, “It would probably be a good time to come home, right?” And I was like, “I don’t think so.” I didn’t really give her a good reason why not. I just didn’t feel like it. She acted like it wasn’t a big deal, but I knew she was pretty sad.

So I decided to surprise her, and I only told my sister. I landed, went to my sister’s work and picked up the house key and went to the house. Nobody was there, so I went inside, locked the door again and waited on the couch. Then when they walked in, I thought my mom was going to collapse. She started crying and everything. Two minutes later, my dad walked in and it was the same thing. That was awesome.

I was there for about a week and didn’t do much while I was there. I worked out like four or five times, but that was about it. I would just kind of wake up, have breakfast, hang out at home and have lunch. I did the gym and the spa, but it was pretty much just relaxing. That’s what I was looking for.

Frederik AndersenFrederik Andersen
I worked out with my trainer around here, at a gym in Irvine, for most of the break. I had a quick weekend trip to Cabo with Hampus [Lindholm]. We got in a little beach time and had a little fun. I skated a little bit with my goalie coach at Lakewood Ice, and stayed in shape. That was about it.

Hampus LindholmHampus Lindholm
I worked out for most of the days, then had that weekend off in Cabo. That was fun. It was a nice resort, and Cabo is pretty beautiful. It was nice to get some time off, get some sun and just relax.

I watched all of the Sweden games during the Olympics, and mostly highlights of the other games. It was a fun tournament to watch. I think [the Swedes] did great. Anything can happen, and there are a lot of good teams, but I think they did good.

Nick BoninoNick Bonino
My fiancée and I went up to San Francisco and Napa. We drove up the coast and stayed in Carmel for one night, then San Jose for a little. I love San Jose. It’s an awesome city. I wish there was a team there. [Laughs.] I loved Carmel. It was very dog-friendly. The beach there is unbelievable, and there is a cool little downtown. We walked around and had some dinner. We did some wine tasting in Napa, and had amazing food. That whole Bay Area, the food is unbelievable. We came back and I was pretty stuffed, but for some reason, I didn’t gain any weight, which is odd.

We watched the Olympics a lot. Obviously we watched hockey, but it’s cool to watch the other sports as well. For some reason, you just can’t stop watching figure skating. They’re just flipping around and everything.

Kyle PalmieriKyle Palmieri
I went down to Florida with a couple of my buddies who had their All-Star break in the AHL. They’re guys I live with during the summer, and they’re spread out all over the minors. Then I got back home (in New Jersey) for a couple days, and I went to visit my girlfriend in Albany. I got to enjoy a nice foot-and-a-half snowstorm and did a lot of shoveling at my house. It was mostly just relaxing and seeing my family.

I watched a decent amount of the Olympics. I tried to watch the U.S. as much as I could. The other teams played a lot earlier, and usually the U.S. was a later game. I like watching some of the other events too.

Ben LovejoyBen Lovejoy
I was here the whole time, and it was awesome. I was a dad. I introduced myself to my daughter [Lila, born on New Year’s Day] and was able to spend a lot of quality time with her. I was able to be up at night a little bit. It was a blast.

My wife was super into the Olympics. I know far too much about women’s figure skating now. I watched a lot of that. I enjoyed the skiing too. We watched during primetime, but I didn’t watch a whole lot of hockey. I was cheering for Cam and USA, but I wasn’t living and dying with the games.

Francois BeaucheminFrancois Beauchemin
We went back to Montreal for eight days with the kids, visited family and played out in the snow. We got on the snowmobile, the kids went out on the sleds with their cousins and all that stuff.

We watched some of the Canada games in the Olympics, some of the women’s hockey as well. I watched some short track speedskating, because there were a few Canadians who were supposed to win. I watched a little bit of skiing. But I spent most of my days outside with the kids.

Patrick MaroonPatrick Maroon
I went home to St. Louis for eight days to see my son [Anthony]. It was freezing back there.  I was in Vancouver for three days visiting a friend and hanging out with her. We did a lot of hiking up there.

I watched a lot of the Olympics. I was up early playing with my kid, so we were watching in the mornings.

Mark FistricMark Fistric
I prepared for my second baby. My wife is almost to term, so she wasn’t cleared to fly anywhere. I have a little boy who is almost 2, so we just did everything possible around here. We spent a lot of time down in San Diego at the zoo and Sea World, aquariums, Disneyland and all that fun stuff. That took up pretty much all of my Olympic break.



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