Throughout the week, 2014 draft pick Beau Starrett will be blogging for chicagoblackhawks.com about his experiences during his first Blackhawks Prospect Camp.
It’s my first time at Prospect Camp, and it’s been a great experience so far. It’s especially nice to be in Chicago. My mom was born in Chicago, and my grandparents were already big Blackhawks and Cubs fans, so I’m pretty familiar with what goes on in Chicago sports. Being able to come here for training camp makes the experience even better. I’m proud to be a member of the Blackhawks organization now, and I knew coming into camp that it was time for the work to begin.
Before coming to Chicago, I had been doing some training near my hometown in Boston. I was working out about four days a week and skating three days a week. I was just really working hard so that the transition into camp wouldn’t be difficult. I’d say all that hard work paid off, though, because so far I’ve felt prepared for all that we’ve been doing at camp. I feel up to the challenge.
Yesterday consisted mainly of physical testing. When we arrived at the United Center, they started the medical testing. After that, we did the physical stuff like the bike test. I was pretty familiar with that portion of the test, since I went to the Toronto Combine leading up to the Draft, which was another exciting experience.
Once we finished up at the United Center they brought us over to Johnny’s IceHouse and let us get some time to skate. Coming into this camp I felt nothing but excitement, leading up to the point when I finally got to get out there on the ice for the first time. I haven’t been too nervous, which is a good thing. One of my friends who I’ve spent time skating with this summer is [2012 Blackhawks draft pick] Chris Calnan. He took me under his wing and has been showing me the ropes. He told me to be myself and to let the nerves go away. I’ve been trying to focus on doing what I do best and making a great first impression on the coaches and staff of the organization, that’s what this opportunity is all about.
It’s been an all-around good second day here at camp, and I’m really looking forward to meeting all the new guys. Whether it be guys in the system, or guys who are just invites, getting to know all the people will be great. The hockey world is such a small group and culture, so being able to make new connections and friends will only add to this experience.