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Jones recaps U.S. selection camp in Greenburgh, N.Y.

Tuesday, 12.18.2012 / 2:36 PM

By Seth Jones - Special to NHL.com / Seth Jones Draft blog

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Jones recaps U.S. selection camp in Greenburgh, N.Y.

Hi everyone!

I just completed camp here in Greenburgh at the Rangers' training facility. It was a great experience and I felt very comfortable here right from the start. I was rooming with Stefan Matteau, my teammate for the past two years, and I'm very familiar with him and his personality so it was a very easy transition for me.

On the ice, the team looked great. The first day, there were a lot of drills while trying to get our feet under us after the plane rides. But the next couple of days, we worked on systems and I thought we looked really good out there and the pace was really high.

I was paired with Matt Grzelcyk on the final day of practice [on Tuesday]. We've always been friends, on and off the ice. He's a great player and very smart with the puck, so anytime I can play with him or anyone else, that's a great thing.

I know we're all looking forward to going to Helsinki [Finland] now to continue camp. We have games against Finland and Sweden there so it'll be good to gain a little bit more chemistry between the guys and lines and see where everyone fits in.

I'm also looking forward to getting to Ufa [Russia]. It's obviously a different culture for everyone but we'll just focus on playing hockey over there and winning a gold medal.

Speaking of a gold medal, I'm often asked about what it will take to win the gold. Well, it's going to take everyone giving 100 percent. If that means blocking shots or doing the little things on the ice like getting the puck out of the defensive zone every time and just the little things that win you hockey games and we have to capitalize on the chances we're given. I do like our chances going into the tournament.

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