Day one of Training Camp is in the books, and it was a good one. With a lot of familiar faces (and only 4 new ones), it didn't take long for the guys to find their rhythm. The new guys did a good job of blending in and keeping up with what turned out to be a breakneck pace. It was like the whole team picked up right where they left off at the end of last season. This is a good thing, because we were on a pretty good roll at the end of last season. There was a lot of fast skating and good intensity. All the drills were fast and furious. After nearly an hour of drills, the boys were split into 2 squads for a scrimmage that was not for the faint of heart. The glass was rattling as guys battled along the boards for loose pucks. I've never seen such an intense start to the first day of training camp. These guys look hungry for roster spots, which is a good thing. There should be some good battles for a few jobs and Jerome will have some good players to choose from. He should have everything he needs to build a strong team. I'm excited about this season.
Today's practice lineup looked something like this:
Hammond Bowles Sullivan
Hergott Braid Wall
Moore Lind Kinnunen
I'm not sure of the exact pairings on defense, but those were the guys in the lineup. Cole skated during warmup drills, but was not allowed to be involved in contact drills (and there were lots of those).
It was a very eventful first day, with a couple of players leaving the ice due to minor injuries. Hannah was a little busier than she expected to be on the first day. Overall, it was a great start to camp and I'm excited to see what tomorrow brings. Stay tuned!