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Treliving reflects on first development camp

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- During their week in Calgary, Flames prospects were inundated with information.

They met with new general manager Brad Treliving, got acquainted with new Adirondack Flames head coach Ryan Huska and his teaching methods, worked with player development coach Troy Crowder, and went through off-ice training and diet regimens.

And while all of that is important, Treliving wants one message at the forefront of every prospect's mind.

"The message here this week is, 'You've got two months left to get ready, so be ready,'" Treliving stated after camp had wrapped up. "This week is an orientation camp. When you come back in September, that's training camp. There's jobs open.

"Quite frankly, as a young player, I don't think there's a better situation or a better organization to be with ... Don't think that because you're a young player that there is not opportunity. You're going to have to earn it but there is opportunity here. Hopefully that message has been received."

Another message that was relayed to prospects was something that Flames head coach Bob Hartley preaches to every one of his charges: nothing short of 100 per cent effort will be tolerated.

Last year, the Flames were often dubbed the hardest working group in the NHL and that has become the team's identity. Treliving wants that to run through to every player within the organization and that starts at development camp.

"One of the foundational, cultural things we want here is whenever we do something, we do it hard and we compete. It's not a sometimes thing. It's got to be an everyday thing. I think that, more than anything, is what I took out of this. They worked hard on the ice. These were lay-up ice sessions. These were hard and they worked. They went up to the gym and they worked. They represented themselves and the organization well.

"To get a DNA and get a culture, you have to repeat it. It's what you do every single day. Kids are leaving here today going, 'Okay, I have a better understanding of what the Flames organization is about and it starts with hard work.'"

This year's camp was very similar to those in past years, running over the course six days with scrimmages mixed in, of but that may change next year.

Treliving and his cohorts took notes all week, keeping track of elements they liked and activities that may be scrapped in 2015.

"I think it's safe to say there will be changes," Treliving said. "I want to continue to place the emphasis that it's education, it's development, it's giving these guys the tools. Yes, you want to get a little glimpse and take a little see on how they move, do those things.

But in a lot of ways, the emphasis on doing too much heavy lifting on-ice and evaluating in the middle of July, it can be dangerous. I don't think it's radical changes but we'll tweak it going into it next year."

The next step for many of the players at development camp is rookie camp and the Young Stars Classic in Penticton, which runs September 12-15th.

Young Stars Classic Schedule*
Game Team Date Time
Game 1 Calgary vs Winnipeg    Sept. 12  5:00 pm MST
Game 2 Vancouver vs Edmonton   Sept. 12  8:30 pm MST
Game 3 Calgary vs Edmonton Sept. 13 8:30 pm MST
Game 4 Vancouver vs Winnipeg Sept. 14 3:00 pm MST
Game 5 Vees’ Exhibition   Sept. 14 6:30 pm MST
Game 6 Edmonton vs Winnipeg Sept. 15 12:30 Pm MST
Game 7 Vancouver vs Calgary Sept. 15 6:30 pm MST

*Game dates, times and opponents subject to change.

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