Yesterday was fun. It was good to see some of the guys again. We lifted some weights and did some flexibility work. I almost pulled my hip on one of the exercises—I’m not the most flexible guy. But it was a fun day.
Jakub Vrana and I are pretty close buddies from last year, so it was nice seeing him again. We paired up in a group last year for an off-ice team-building activity. I helped him out with his English a little bit. He’s a funny guy to be around. Last night we went out with some of his Czech buddies to get milkshakes.
This is my third Caps development camp. I missed 2013, but I was here after I got drafted in 2012 and in 2014. As one of the veteran guys, I feel a little bit more prepared. I’m familiar with the basic day-to-day schedule: go to the rink in the morning, grab lunch at the hotel, get dressed up and then come back to the rink. I have a little bit more responsibility in helping the rookies find their way around, so it’s a little different, but the concept is still the same. I’m here to work hard and enjoy every second of this experience.
I’m happy to be back in the Washington area. My uncle’s family is from the area, so they took me around two years ago to see all the landmarks. I’ll hopefully have a chance again to do some sightseeing. The monuments, the museums—everything in D.C. is pretty special. I like the weather here too; I like the humidity. Other guys hate the humidity, but I grew up in humid areas—Italy and Chicago—so I don’t mind walking outside.
This morning we worked on power skating and skating technique and followed that up with an informative nutrition meeting. I’m looking forward to the scrimmages. It’s always fun to go against guys you have played against in college and played against in the past and kind of knock them around a little bit. The track drills tomorrow should also be fun. I’m just taking it day by day as of now and enjoying every step.