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View from the Ice: Getting started at Camp

by Jake Wise, with Leah Pascarella /

Throughout the week, 2018 draft pick Jake Wise will be blogging for about his experiences during his first Blackhawks Development Camp.

The past day and a half in Chicago have been great. It's crazy how well the Blackhawks treat us, even as prospects. Yesterday we started off with fitness testing, toured the new facility and received all of our gear. New gloves, pants... it was so exciting. I had a lot of energy and I think fitness testing went pretty well.

Today was the first on-ice session and I felt great up until I got on the ice. I had new equipment on and was feeling shaky in the beginning. I started to feel better and adjusted as practice went on. Today we did a lot of battles as well as shooting and puck possession drills.

Two weeks ago, I wanted to relax before Development Camp so I went down to Cape Cod with my friends to take a step back. Last week I was working out at Boston University and we were really hitting it hard. Trying to get in shape. I think I skated and worked out about four times last week to prepare. I've been really working hard, not just for camp, but the season ahead. I think it worked out pretty well because I felt ready for today.

Coming into camp I knew Evan Barratt and Chad Krys. Evan and I played together for the USA Hockey National Team Development Program and Chad is on my team at Boston University. I'm rooming with Chad this week and he's helped me by telling me what to expect since he has been here two years.

We haven't had a ton of time to explore the city, but Chad and I have found this little restaurant that we've already been to four times, so we will probably go back tonight. After that we will head to the hotel to watch Narcos for the rest of the night and prepare for tomorrow. I've seen it twice already, but Chad's never watched it so we are starting from the beginning. We were in the middle of episode two last night when the Wi-Fi broke at the hotel so we watched the USA vs. Canada lacrosse game instead. Everything has been great so far and I'm excited for the rest of the week.

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