Yesterday after the afternoon skate I had a good dinner back at the hotel with the guys, then Garrett Haar and I got some sushi just to fill up our stomachs a bit more. We went back to the hotel after, and since it was a long day, we went to bed fairly early.
We had to wake up early this morning, around 5:30 a.m., and it was a little tough to get up but we made it. We had a good workout on the track and learned a lot of new things, which was nice. We did some agility exercises, some footwork exercises, and worked on our strides. We made sure we were doing everything correct so that it transfers onto the ice, and I think it helped a lot of the guys and it helped me. I think it’s awesome that we’re working on stuff like that.
Then we came back and had to get right back at it on the ice. We worked more on skill skating and that side of the game. Then we got to do a few drills and it was awesome to learn some new systems and what ways to work in those new systems. That was awesome. Later, we had Eric Hoffberg come in and give an inspirational speech for us. I know him from Kelowna because he came to talk with us a couple of times and he’s a really great guy. He got us really jacked up and I think a lot of the guys took some positive things from that. I know that he’s really close to Barry Trotz, so it was really nice of the coaching staff to bring him in.
Now we’re just getting ready to have a little nap and then we’ll be off to the Nationals game, which will be pretty sick. I’m a Toronto Blue Jays fan so hopefully the Nationals can beat the Orioles, who are in the Blue Jays’ division. All around the day is looking pretty good and all of us are excited to go to the game tonight.