When he arrived in Calgary Friday, Colin Doyle received a blast of what he left behind by relocating to San Jose.
Even a tough Ontario kid can get used to the California sunshine, making a trip to frozen Alberta more difficult than it used to be.
When Doyle was traded by the Toronto Rock to the San Jose Stealth before the 2007 season, the star player moved his family to the West Coast.
Doyle, his wife Stacey and 15-month-old daughter Brooklyn live in a beautiful condo complex where eight other Stealth players also reside for the winter months.
"The sad thing is my daughter isn't going to know what a snowstorm is," said the Kingston, Ont., native who has played in the National Lacrosse League since 1998.
"She hasn't seen a Canadian winter. Until she's six and we're back in Ontario full time ... it's going to be rough on her then.
"It's real neat to be able to go outside and swim any day of the week. It's a real nice experience for a young family.
"We're about half hour from the beach and an hour and a half from the ski hills in Tahoe. It's really the best of both worlds."
Doyle won five NLL Champion's Cup titles with the Rock, twice being named title game MVP, before a blockbuster deal sent him to San Jose.
The trade was a shock to Doyle, who had to uproot his entire life to go to California.
But the Stealth have made life easy, getting Doyle to work a few hours a day on community programs and setting his family up with several teammates around.
It's sort of a Melrose Place of lacrosse, without the soap opera.
"We all live within 100 steps of each other, so we go bang on each other's door whenever we want and go work out together," said the 31-year-old Doyle, a part-time teacher in the off-season.
"It's a real cool atmosphere. At the same time, I get to take my daughter to the pool every day, which is a real treat at this time of year."
Before this season started, Doyle was named the No.-1 lacrosse player by the NLL Insider.
Doyle, who hasn't missed a game since 2001, had 346 goals and 508 assists before this season started.
"It was a little awkward," Doyle said. "I was flattered to get the recognition because it came from people with some insight.
"I don't know how to treat those things because there are a lot of great players around. To judge one from another is a tough thing to do. I'm happy something like that happened, but it was a real long list and there was a few playing on this team in Calgary."