We shifted gears earlier this week and we’re now in Whistler for main camp after being in Penticton for Young Stars. From being one of the vets to being a rookie again, I’m having a lot of fun.
The on-ice sessions have been tough, coach Desjardins runs a great practice and you feel good when the 70-minute skate is done. I was nervous to start Friday with this being the first time I’ve skated with pro guys in a year, but that wore off as practice got going.
I’ve been paired with Anton Cederholm so far, but the D pairs get shuffled a lot so I’ve played a bit with different guys. It’s amazing having some of the guys like Chris Higgins and Brad Richardson coming at you, they’re so fast and strong and have incredible shots. I skated with their group last year too.
And now the update everyone is excited for – the latest on my tooth. I got a little bit of a filling in, it’s not fully fixed but at least I can smile again without scaring children, so that’s nice. I’m being a lot more careful with doors at the hotel; I’m working on not texting and walking in general.
I’m off to explore Whister!