JASPER, ALTA. - Sunday night’s objective: Stay up all night, deep in the cold and unforgiving wilderness, trying not to be eaten by bugs or bears.
Monday night’s objective: Suck it up, despite being tired and frazzled, and look good in a hockey game.
That’s the real life game of Survivor that Oilers captain Andrew Ference and a friend of his from Boston — US Army Ranger Lucas Carr — brought to the Edmonton Oilers orientation camp.
On an overnight trip designed to test their mettle and toughen their resolve, the players headed into the night to see what they were made of.
No tents, very little sleep, very little food.
They had to take turns staying up through the night to keep watch, they had to stretcher “injured” teammates out of trouble, they had to forage for food and water, build their own shelters and develop strategies to prevent unwanted animal encounters.