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The View from the Ice: Gelling as a team

by Roy Radke, with Jack Rossi / Chicago Blackhawks
(Rudi Ayasse / Chicago Blackhawks)

Our teams have been playing together for three days now, and the chemistry on the ice was really good today in our 6-3 win. We played 4-on-4 for a little bit today, in the second period of scrimmage. There’s a lot more space to play with. If I go up the ice and don’t have any options, then I can curl back, buy some time and let my guys set up the attack.

I think we really gelled as a team, and it showed up on the scoreboard. It’s just camp, but we all want to go out there and win just as much as any other game. It was good to get the win today and grab the trophy. The free agents are leaving today, so we’ll say our goodbyes after camp when we’re getting dressed. It was good to meet them; they’re all a bunch of good guys.

The toughest part about camp is not getting lost on the ice. If you don’t have a puck on your stick or if it’s not going your way for a couple shifts, then it’s easy to get lost out there. You just have to keep battling back. But my body feels good, and I gave it my all out there. I’ve definitely recovered from Sunday and all the testing they did with us. My legs feel good and I slept well last night, so I felt good on the ice.

Outside of scrimmage, some of the drills were doing are brand new and some of them I’ve done before. The skating stuff is new, but I’ve been doing it with (Blackhawks skating and skills development coach) Kevin Delaney at Heartland Ice Arena this summer, so I’ve gotten used to it a little more.

When I was younger, I played for the Geneva Cyclones until my squirt major year, and then I went to the Chicago Mission and played there for three years. I’ve played with Nick Schmaltz and a bunch of other guys from around here.

I went to Culver Academy my freshman year of high school and had a good run at the end of the season. That got the attention of OHL teams and USHL teams as well as the national development team. I thought it would be better for my development if I went to the OHL. I have a late birthday, so I was a year behind with the recruiting. The tempo is really fast in the OHL and it gets the most scouting from NHL teams, so I thought it would be a great fit for me.

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