Canada's goalie Malcolm Subban falls on the ice in play against Team USA during the third period of their preliminary round game at the 2013 IIHF U20 World Junior Hockey Championship in Ufa, December 30, 2012. (REUTERS/Mark Blinch)
UFA, RUSSIA - Kathy MacKinnon couldn't believe her eyes the other day.
The mother of Canada forward Nathan MacKinnon stood and watched in amazement as a bus pulled up to her hotel and unloaded another group of hockey fans from Canada.
"I was in pure shock," MacKinnon said. "It was overwhelming to see that many Canadians coming to this event, and they don't have a son playing. Incredible. Proud to be a Canadian. You introduce yourself and you want to connect with these people because you have the love of hockey in common."
Approximately 200 Canadians have trekked to this city of 1,000,000 that's 1,100 kilometres east of Moscow.
John and Rita Carroll run Destiny Tours out of Guelph, Ont., and this is the company's 10th trip to the world junior. No less than 106 fans travelled to the tournament with Destiny for packages starting at $5,300 and ranging to $7,200, depending on their city of departure. Thanks to geography, travel time from Canada was a minimum 22 hours.