Since first arriving for camp, I was happy to see that a familiar face, Cody Eakin, was going to be my roommate for this week’s development camp. I’ve known him from the camps before and playing with him in the juniors. He’s a great guy, a really good kid…we already got a chance to bond on our first night over a little Entourage.
When I woke up this morning I was a bit tired, but excited to take on the day. I didn’t have too many thoughts, I was kind of like a zombie, but definitely ready to get on the ice.
And Now that the first day is done I can say it went pretty well on the ice, toward the end my legs started to lock up a bit, so I wasn’t great toward the end, but it went pretty well. The one thing I needed to work on were my passes, they weren’t too crisp, but that’s to be expected in the middle of the summer.
STAN GALIEV: DAY ONE
We were all excited to see each other back at camp again since last year. I was happy to see Cody and my Russian friends Orlov and Kugryshev. I was glad to see the coaching staff again too. I also met for the first time my roommate Kyle Follmer, but he seems like a good guy, pretty funny too.
Last night at the hotel we had a good dinner and afterwards I went over to Orlov and Kugryshev’s room to play FIFA Soccer but since I beat them every time they got mad at me and just said “get out and goodnight.” There is no point in playing against me – I always win.
When my alarm went off and it was time to get up I was just really excited to start today and I woke up really early…I couldn’t even go to sleep. I was awake at like seven in the morning, just excited to get on the ice for our first physical session.
After today’s session I felt good. It was a pretty tough practice, tough skate, but I’m happy to be here and just excited. I also just finished my season on May 29th, so I feel like I’m in pretty good shape.