I didn’t play in our final Young Stars game Monday, which we won 3-2 over the Flames thanks to a sick goal from Jake Virtanen during the 3-on-3 overtime, and it was tough just watching.
I was jumping up like an idiot and I found myself yelling quite a bit. I called Virtanen to score the winner at the start of OT and when he did, I went nuts. I had to calm myself down big time! I’d rather play than watch, that’s for sure.
We had a very successful Young Stars Classic overall. Of the three I’ve played in, this was the most skilled tourney featuring a lot of good players. Our team showed well and bounced back well after a difficult start. Shout out to the goalies Whistle and Witt for a great final two games.
I thought I played pretty well, the first game was tough trying to get my feet under me, but I felt more comfortable in the second game, shift-by-shift. From where I started the tournament to where I ended it, I’m happy.
Now it’s on to main camp. I don’t think we have much Tuesday, then Wednesday is the Jake Milford Golf Tournament. The fun really begins Thursday when we take part in testing and all that jazz before flying to Prince George for camp. I’ve never been there before, all I know is they have a WHL team and some awesome Canucks fans. Can’t wait to meet them!
When I think of Canucks camp, I think of the Sedins. Being able to play with them and practice with them, just being around them is a treat. I’m always a little star struck. It’s cool. Such a great opportunity to learn from true professionals.
My goal for camp is to prove that I can play at that level. To me, that means being a good two-way guy, being good at my own end, and creating chances, while playing smart. It’s nerve-wracking for sure, but then again so was Young Stars. Whenever you have something to prove, nerves are involved. I just have to use those nerves in the best way.
I’ll keep blogging during main camp and pre-season if you like reading this, if not, I won’t! Let me know what you think.
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