I got there VERY early! There was open hockey for kids with their parents. It looked fun.
Zamboni goes out the training center staff set up the water bottles and things. next thing you know the players are out sitting on the bench waiting for the Zamboni to finish.
The players were so helpful they even went and got the net and set them up.
They get on 10 minutes earlier then schedule 10:50 am
Lupul, Briere and Hartnell
Umberger, Carter, Kapanen
Tolpeko, Cote, Dowd, Eager
Upshall, Richards and Knuble
Jones, Boulerice, Hatcher, Kukkonen, Fitzpatrick, Smith, Nitty, and Biron
There seemed to be a good feeling going around again today. There were lots of light hearted moments.
Richards teamed with Upshall was just knock your socks off fabulous.
The drills seemed to be the normal ones to get things started I am not sure what the D worked on down the other end but the forwards worked on a new cycle system. It seemed to work out pretty well. Lots of trust between players on the line to know exactly where each other is for that pass.
Practice ends with Stretching. It didn't seem like there was one leader for stretches.
Then post practice areas began. The end where I was became post practice 3 on 3. I am not sure what hte other end was trying to achieve.
Post practice 3 on 3 consisted of
Nitty in net
The forwards team
Knuble, Cote and Upshall
The D men team of
Hatcher, Boulerice and Kukkonen
The forwards won. Nitty had a pretty strong outing. Boulerice was less then pleased with the results at the end and displayed his displeasure.
I then went and waitied outside for autographs. It was a pretty large group waiting today. Coach Mullen, Lasse Kukkonen, Sami Kapanen and Braydon Coburn all stopped before I left. Many players went out the other way today.
Hope everyone has a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!