Throughout this week's Prospect Camp, Chicago-area native and 2012 Blackhawks draft pick Vincent Hinostroza will share his thoughts about his experiences in camp for chicagoblackhawks.com.
Well, the last day of Prospect Camp has come and gone.
On the ice, it was another good win for our team, and I was able to help in the victory with a goal and an assist.
On my goal, Joe Gleason was flying up the ice. I got to the open area and he fed me through the defenseman. I just had to tap it into the open net. Then on my assist, Denis Hollenstein gave me the drop pass, he got open, and he yelled for it back and buried it. I was pretty fortunate there – he saw the play the whole way.
Overall, I thought we played really well as a team this week. It’s kind of hard coming together when we didn’t know each other to start with, but we really put out a good effort and we played great. I think we were all proud of what we showed out there this week.
After the scrimmage ended, all of the 2012 draft class got their jerseys with our names on the back and took a picture as a draft class. Being a part of the group is something pretty meaningful for us; we’re all members of the same class, we came through it together and we’ll always take that with us, no matter where we go from here.
I loved this week. Coming into it, I didn’t really know what to expect; I just came in knowing it was going to be hard and fast-paced, and it definitely was, but I felt good about my performance. I feel like I got better every day and that was my goal here. You come here to get better and learn from the coaches, and even some of the older players. I think I accomplished that; I’m pretty happy with the week.
The biggest thing that I came away with is just how hard everyone works, and you can tell. Hard work is going to get you the furthest, so keep doing it.
There’s nothing left but to jump in my car and go home. My team, the Waterloo Black Hawks, are heading to Russia in August to compete in the World Junior Cup, so I’m excited for that and ready to get the 2012-13 season underway.
I want to thank the Blackhawks organization for a great week – it was a lot of fun and I feel like we all learned a lot. I definitely won’t ever forget it.