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View from the Ice: Gaining Knowledge

by Jake Wise, with Leah Pascarella /

I started the day off with some meetings where we learned the importance of mental toughness and techniques for breathing and visualization. I was able to squeeze in a quick nap before getting on the bus and coming to the rink.

My group started with off-ice today, which means we worked out before skating. Everyone's been pretty sore, so today was more of a recovery day. We went through different stations where we did relay races with the ladders (the losing team had to do 20 push-ups), kettlebells and foam rolling.

Some guys like skating first, but I prefer working out before skating because you can get it out of the way and use the rest of your energy on the ice. After you are done on the ice you can relax and debrief. That's usually how I do it at home so I'm very comfortable doing it here at camp.

When it was time for our on-ice session we did a skating warmup together, but then split off into forwards and defensemen. The forwards did a lot of skill work, mostly shooting and stickhandling then we all got back together for a 3-on-3 scrimmage. It went pretty well for me and I scored a goal. Those games are always fun.

Between yoga and last night's cooking class I've been able to try a lot of new things. There were so many foods at the cooking demonstration that I had never seen before. Everything was so colorful. There were lots of meats, vegetables and different options for carbs that I had never heard of. They did the cooking for us and we got to sample everything. I tried some green rice and it actually tasted pretty good. I'm going to have to tell my mom what to buy when I get home.

Tonight, we have a team dinner, which I'm sure is going to be great. Chad Krys and I have moved on to Season 2 of Narcos and I think Javier Peña is my favorite character. Last night Chad got back earlier than me and started watching since I've already seen all of the episodes, so we flew! We will probably finish before this weekend.

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