We arrived at Shawnigan Lake School today and I haven’t had much time to explore, but what I’ve seen has been amazing. We are in a big house just the players and I’m roommates with Guillaume Brisebois, he’s a really nice guy, I like all the guys here. No one speaks Finnish, I’m the only Finnish prospect here, so I’ve been hanging out with the guys I know from the OHL because they speak English. The French players are speaking French all the time and I don’t stand a chance there!
Today is our third day of camp, which began Friday in Vancouver. The first day was a lot of testing and time spent in the gym, then the second day was some classes on nutrition, media and social media, then some team building. I’ll never look at a tennis ball the same again!
In four teams of eight guys, we lined up in four lines in the Canucks dressing room and you had to pass the tennis ball from guy to guy without using your hands, so it was neck to neck and it was funny. I’ve never seen that before, it makes you laugh and gets you closer with the guys. Our team finished second!
We’ve had some free time at night and we went to the Canadians baseball game Friday, then just walked around Vancouver Saturday night. It was cool to see the floatplanes landing on the water; Vancouver is a very beautiful city. I’ve been here once, earlier this year, when I played in the top prospects game, but it wasn’t as nice outside then as it is now.
Today was a travel day, we took the bus to the ferry, then bused to the Shawnigan Lake and then hit the ice for testing. I’m happy with how I did, especially since I haven’t done much since the Mem Cup. I showed well, which was nice because the Canucks coaches and management were here watching. It’s great they are so interested in us and they could come because I’m sure they’re busy with free agents and all that stuff.
Someone asked me the other day about camp and what my goal for camp is and that’s easy: getting better. I need to get stronger and faster and I’m here to learn how to do that. That’s what you have to do when you’re a hockey player. We all want to be better players next season.
I don’t think of myself as being a big first round pick or whatever, I just want to get better and better. Everyone here has a chance to be a future Canucks player and it’s exciting to see. We’ll push each other and help each other all week.
Thank you for reading, I hope it was okay! I’ll try to do a few blogs during camp, as long as I have enough to talk about. If you have any questions, let me know, it will give me something to write about!