By Lindsay Kramer
When Reading forward Ben Gordon checks in with his father, Kevin, the topic of weather comes up frequently.
Dad invariably wants to know the temperature wherever Ben is. The answer is usually about 50 degrees warmer than where Kevin is calling from, the family home in International Falls, Minn. That North American version of the North Pole is where Ben grew up playing hockey in the huge outdoor meat freezer.
“It’s kind of shocking. The temperature difference from here to there is so big,” Ben said. “Now that I’ve lived away for a few years I realized how cold it was when I was younger. It can get miserable. I thought that’s the way it was (everywhere). I didn’t know any better.”