DAY 5: THE DRAGON
For the first time at the Canucks summer development camp, they hit the water with a row around False Creek via Dragon Boat.
There were some nervous faces as they put on life jackets and got the final instructions before hitting the water but they all came back and lived to tell about their first experience on the Dragon boat - or dragon-rowing, as some called it.
Paddling next to a couple of seasoned boaters, it was evident that the prospects needed a little refinement and work on their timing but they got the boat moving from Kitsilano to the Plaza of Nations.
The activity proved to be a good team building exercise as the players tried their best to get in sync and work as one.
BACK TO WORK
After spending the morning on the water the prospects traded oars for sticks and took to the frozen pond in the afternoon.
Goalies and skaters took to the ice together for just the second time all week with all 36 players going through a full practice with emphasis on utilizing the skills worked on earlier in the week like puck skills, lateral moves, shooting and puck protection.
Group B was first on the ice as group A hit the weights before a switcheroo. The players had individual meetings with the coaching staff following the final practice of the day before calling it a day.
Sunday is the final day of development camp, my how time flies by. The players will spend the morning on the ice taking part in an intense 3-on-3 tournament before a big lunch, more individual meetings and closing remarks. The prospects will then go their separate ways for the remainder of the summer, but they’ll be back before you know it taking part in the Young Stars prospects tournament in Penticton beginning September 12.