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2013 Training Camp Update: Iginla hits the ice for first practice with the team

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- On Wednesday morning, Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla skated with the team for the first time since training camp began on Sunday.

Iginla had been held out of team practices and scrimmages due to a tight groin, an issue that came into play last week during informal skates at WinSport.

"I felt good. It was great to be back out there," he said on Wednesday afternoon. "It's been a good, high-tempo training camp so far and it was nice to get out work with the guys. I felt really good."

The forward did skate prior to team practices earlier this week but admitted it was extremely difficult to sit out while his teammates were out on the ice.

"It's been too long of a wait," he said. "You want to be a part of it, for sure. But I think, fortunately, I was able to get a couple days and put the groin strain behind me. It felt good today and I'll be out there for the long run."

The Flames are in the midst of learning the newly-implemented system from head coach Bob Hartley and while Iginla hasn't been able to practice until today, the coaching staff has made sure he's well-versed in what they expect.

"There's a lot of adjustments. It's quite a different system than we've played in the past couple of year. Every coach has their own style they want to key on and emphasize.

"We've been going over a lot of video and I've been in on that ... but it's definitely different when you get out there and actually try to do what's on paper and try to do it at a high speed."

When asked about Iginla's presence at practice, Mike Cammalleri couldn't resist chirping the captain.

"(The time off) probably helped him. He had a few more days rest than the rest of us. He probably mixed in a massage, I don't know what else he did the last few days. But at least he got to rest while we were all out there working. Whatever."

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