"I'm just looking forward to my time in Toronto, getting ready for that. That's what I'm thinking about now. I think the fan support there, it's just a hockey town. I think it will be just an exciting experience for me." -- Tim Connolly
All the players who sweated and laughed through the Craig Charron
Memorial Classic on Sunday in Rochester, N.Y., had earned a few swigs of liquid refreshment.
A teammate offered a beverage to Tim Connolly
, who, slapping his hand on a stomach that was as flat and hard as the stall in front of which he stood, politely declined.
"It's crunch time now, you know," he said of the real hockey action coming up. "I still have a ways to go. Now it's about skating and conditioning."
Connolly, at a taut 191 pounds and winded not at all, looked to be the very definition of a player in midseason form. But three months past his 30th birthday and heading into his 11th NHL season, he knew better than to stray from the course.