Road trip etiquette on the Rebels’ bus

The road trip.

It’s a rite of passage for junior hockey players around the country each year.

There are some rules or guidelines to these trips, mostly made up by the veteran players. For example, if you need to go to the bathroom on the bus there is a protocol.

“You try to get your pees in before the bus trips because if you don’t you’re in for a long haul trying to hold it in for the whole trip,” explained Rebels captain Turner Elson.

“Don’t wake the vets up to go to the bathroom,” echoed fellow veteran Brandon Underwood.

Of course the vets aren’t without some compassion for the bladder bursting rookies. You can make your way to sanctuary but there is a price to pay in the form of rock, paper and scissors versus the vets.

“If they lose one they go back one (seat), if they win one they go up one and they keep going back,” said Elson. “It can take a long time so it’s killer for them.”

Another golden rule for the rookies is once the game is over and the bus is headed to the hotel, stay in your seat once it arrives.

“Some of the rookies will start to unload their stuff and we’re in the back ready to go and we’ve got a log jam so that’s probably the biggest don’t,” said Underwood.

The vets of course claim the back seats as their own but why is that?

“I don’t know. I think it’s honestly because you’re so furthest away from the coaches so you probably have your freedom to talk about whatever you want to,” explained Underwood.

Both Underwood and Elson were rookies at one point each learning a lesson in road trip etiquette.

“My first road trip I had no idea what I was doing and I bought a huge, massive suitcase for the road trip and everyone made fun of me,” said Elson. “I had no room for it so I had to put it on my seat with me. It was just a bad time.”

“I brought like two shirts, I didn’t bring anything,” said Underwood. “I didn’t bring any nice clothes and we ended up going to a mall and everyone was all dressed up and I was wearing just the team track suit.”

But they are road trip veterans now and have the acquired skills to survive, especially this trip down to the States.

“I’m going to try and get my Christmas shopping done as quick and cheap as possible,” said Elson.

Just Posted

Tom Pyper’s life on the South Saskatchewan Pipeline

Red Deer man looks back on his time working on the Cantuar pump station

Central Alberta Theatre is gearing up to present Neil LaBute’s Some Girl(s)

Opening night is April 20th with shows running through to May 5th.

Burman U prof publishes international development book

The Development Trap: How Thinking Big Fails the Poor looks to challenge perceptions

WATCH: Check out this week’s What’s Up Wednesday

A weekly recap of the week in news

WATCH: Red Deerian receives award for aiding RCMP officer in arrest

Lonnie Amundson, rugby player, tackled a fleeing suspect to help ailing officer

WATCH: Red Deer’s latest ‘Ghost’ statue unveiled at Servus Arena

‘The Face-off’ is the 11th ‘Ghost’ in the notable bronze series

Driving Change: A B.C. man’s charitable trip across Canada

A Kelowna man, his bus, and his mission for positive change across our country

Case of teacher secretly filming teens reaches top court

Acquittal of teacher, Ryan Jarvis, who secretly videoed teens ‘dangerous,’ top court told

Why a 14-year-old will lead the charge at annual marijuana protest on the Hill

Marijuana enthusiasts have long been circling April 20 on their calendars as annual day of cannabis

RCMP say too early to know what happened in Broncos crash

RCMP Assistant Commissioner Curtis Zablocki said collission very complex

Conservative MP wants feds to close loophole for illegal border crossers

Immigration advocates call on government to suspend Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement

Alberta university criticized for honouring David Suzuki

University of Alberta plans to bestow environmentalist with honourary degree

Lance Armstrong settles $100M lawsuit with U.S. government

Disgraced cyclist reached $5-million settlement with sponsor U.S. Postal Service

Black Press Media acquires two new Alaska newspapers

New Media Investment Group to acquire the Akron (OH) Beacon Journal while Black Press Media takes on daily newspapers in Juneau and Kenai Alaska

Most Read