Mooseheads try to stay sharp as they await Memorial Cup final

Nathan MacKinnon. (QMI Agency)

Nathan MacKinnon. (QMI Agency)

RYAN PYETTE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:09 PM ET

SASKATOON - Nathan MacKinnon wants to trigger a Memorial Cup party Sunday night in Halifax.

But first, he's heading to see The Hangover 3 flick at a Saskatchewan cineplex.

“We went batting cages and mini-putt the other day,” the Mooseheads star forward and Cup scoring leader said. “Terrible at those things, too, so a movie is good for me.

“I'm not going back to mini-putt.”

The Quebec league winners will turn into the ultimate time-killers after clinching their free pass to the tournament final. They've got a game plan in place to spend their days off before the championship final.

MacKinnon isn't going to like it much.

“What we're most looking forward to in these days off is honing our mini-putt skills,” Moose assistant captain Trey Lewis said. “I've seen one along the way – a glow-in-the-dark one that looked pretty cool. That one might be a little more down my alley. I wasn't too good at the last one.

“We're going to have to find a new course.”

Last year in Shawinigan, the London Knights went on a Quebec City field trip while waiting for their final foe. The Mooseheads like it too much in Saskatoon to take a day trip.

“Between the mini-putt and the classic rock they play (in the rink), that's a little more my style,” Lewis, the 19-year-old from Moncton, N.B., said. “Back home, we've got the club music. I'm not sure about that.”

Three years ago, Halifax only won 13 regular-season games. In 2010-11, they improved to 20 victories. Now, they're the favourite to win the Cup.

“It's always fun to win,” tiny veteran centre Matthew Boudreau said. “It's like when you get a bag of candy right there. Back then, we didn't know what was going to happen in the future. We knew we were in reconstruction back then. We just tried to win some games here and there.”

They added MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin and goalie Zach Fucale, then watched the average attendance double over the last few years.

Some hockey people believe MacKinnon can do it all. On the ice, maybe, but he admits he's not even close to mini-putt and batting cage star teammate Ryan Falkenham.

“He's a natural athlete, he's good at school,” MacKinnon said with a grin. “He's pretty much the perfect human.”

 

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