Last night Garrett Haar, Riley Barber and I went out to dinner and then we went to see all of the monuments in DC. That was my first time seeing them, so it was really cool. Seeing the Lincoln Memorial was my favorite. I got some good pictures so it’ll be nice to go back home and show them to my family. After that we got a good night’s sleep because we had to wake up early again this morning for our big game here.
It was kind of different playing in the morning because not too many of us were used to that, but overall it was good. Obviously, the outcome wasn’t what we wanted - it was kind of a blowout. But we have to bounce back now. In the end it was a good, competitive game for the most part and it was good hockey to watch.
This afternoon, we all have of our exit meetings with the coaches. Hopefully those go well for all of us. After that a lot of us want to go see the new Planet of the Apes movie. That just came out today so it’ll be a nice team activity. We’ll get to bond a little bit more before we leave. Unfortunately, we don’t have much time before we all have to head back home because right after the game tomorrow we’ll get on the bus and head to the airport. Tonight is our last night, so it’ll be a little sad. I’m going to miss all of these guys.
Riley Barber is one of the guys that I’ve gotten to know pretty well. I met Chandler Stephenson the last few camps so it’s nice to have him here. A lot of the WHL guys, like Miles Koules, I’ve played against but hadn’t really met before this camp. It’s also cool to meet a lot of the college guys that you never have the chance to meet anywhere else. It’s really unique to bring different guys together like this.
When I get home I’m going to train really hard so that I can come back into rookie camp in great shape. My main focus will be to have a great camp there. I might take a little break when I get back because I’m a little sore now, but then after that I’ll be right back at it and getting ready for the big camp coming up.
Overall, this camp has been unreal. The new coaching staff and management have made everything great. I know that they taught us a lot and helped us a lot. You can see in these games that we’re playing pretty well-structured hockey from their systems that they taught us. Overall, it’s been awesome meeting some new guys and playing some great hockey. It can’t get any better than that.