It’s about time. Summer was long. I’m excited to get back on the ice and play a real game. I don’t know what to expect. I hear the universities are pretty good here in Canada so I expect a really hard and good game, fast game. - David Wolf
CALGARY, AB -- David Wolf is hoping that less is more.
The rough-and-tumble Calgary Flames winger has streamlined his physique, dropping 13 pounds since making his debut at development camp in July.
Then, the 6-foot-3 force checked in at 236 pounds.
Now, Wolf is eager to see how the weight loss translates when he suits up in his first game action with the Flames against the University of Calgary Dinos at Father David Bauer Arena on Wednesday.
“I’m really excited about it,” said Wolf, who despite his rookie statu, wasn’t eligible to participate in the Young Stars Classic in Penticton due to age.
“It’s about time. Summer was long. I’m excited to get back on the ice and play a real game. I don’t know what to expect. I hear the universities are pretty good here in Canada so I expect a really hard and good game, fast game.
“There’s guys fighting for jobs here. You want to keep up. It’s going to be a good game.”
The newly-turned 25-year-old -- his birthday came just two days ago -- isn’t the only one excited to see the result.
After seeing him in development camp, Adirondack Flames head coach Ryan Huskais ready to see what Wolf can do in a game situation, too.
“I’m looking forward to seeing him play in a game,” said Huska, who guided Calgary's entry at the Young Stars tournament. “Development camp is one thing and in that situation he hadn’t skated in a few months before he got there. I’m looking forward to see how he plays. He’s a big, strong body that we’re hoping uses his size well and gets pucks to the net.
“I know he’ll have a lot of energy tonight. It’s just a matter of him controlling it and using it the right way.”
Wolf should have no problem taking direction from Huska. He’s already taken advice to heart from the Flames coming out of development camp.
Given a training regiment following July’s spin, Wolf returned to Germany and hit it hard -- both in the gym and on the ice -- in preparation to push for an NHL gig in his first North American camp.
“I got lighter…a lot lighter,” said Wolf, who led the German elite league in penalty minutes last season with 152. “Around six kilos lighter. I’m prepared now for camp. I did my training program that the Flames gave me. I hid the ice at least six weeks before I came here.
“I’m in game shape right now.
“I came to Canada last Sunday, so I’ve had one week with the guys on the ice. It’s pretty good. I don’t have problems anymore. I’ve been on the ice back home now. I’ve worked out really good. I’m prepared for camp.”