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Hunter the blogger - Day 5

by Hunter Shinkaruk / Vancouver Canucks

And just like that, prospects camp is over. Time flies when you’re having fun.

This week has really flown by, it seems like just yesterday I was getting on the plane to come to Vancouver and I’ll be heading home this afternoon. Funny story about the flight here: I got on the plane and one of the first people I saw was Cody Sylvester, who was also invited to Canucks Prospects Development camp.

Cody and I battle it out in the WHL, he plays for Calgary and I’m with Medicine Hat. It’s weird going from enemies to being buddies and it’s something that you don’t really talk about, you just know it’s there. That first look is one of ‘I hate you’ and then it’s like ‘hey, what’s up’ and then you both know that’s off the table and you move on. It’s funny how it all plays out – even funnier that I was linemates with him and Bo for yesterday’s scrimmage.

It was good to get out on the ice again and play a game. Skating with Bo is always a pleasure, he’s a great player and Cody is very skilled as well, we all complimented each other and our team won 4-3, so it was a good game overall. It was pretty cool with all the fans that came and watched, that made it a little bit more exciting and we got a taste for how much this city cares about their team.

I never expected to get recognized while here for camp, but there’s been maybe three or four times that I’ve been with some of the guys and people have approached us. That’s a lot of fun and again, it shows how much the fans here love the Canucks.

Camp ended with a 4-on-4 mini-game today and meetings with coaches and trainers. We went over our fitness testing scores and the skating analysis from earlier this week and that was great. The trainers really took the time to talk to us individually and we’re fortunate they do that, there’s things we all need to get better at and now we know where the bar should be and how we can improve.

For me, it’s a little bit of my d-zone play and my overall strength. We went over my scores and they were pretty good, but everyone needs to work and improve, especially at 18. That’s what I’ll be doing when I get home, training as hard as I can to prepare for World Junior Camp in early August. After that I’ll come home again, maybe take a week off, then go back to Medicine Hat for a few ice times, then come back here and go to Penticton. It’s been a busy summer, there’s no time to relax, but it’s been great and I’m excited for the second half of the summer.

I’ve got a flight to catch, but thank you for reading my blog all week, I hope it wasn’t too dry. I look forward to getting to know the fans here better, I’ve never seen such passionate followers. I signed a hat to give away, if you want to win just comment below!

All the best!

Hunter Shinkaruk

UPDATE - Congrats to EliotWhiteHill, randomly chosen winner of the signed Shinkaruk hat!

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