No one likes the seven a.m. arrival time, but everyone was anxious to start training camp. They had a series of different fitness tests, mandatory physicals and then some exhilarating (or not so much) picture and video shoots for the upcoming season.
We all love those videos of the players from last season, where Josh Bailey
wore chains and Matt Moulson
talked about his dream of playing the NHL, being cut from teams time and again, and never giving up.
This year, the players were in full gear for their video shoots with the Islanders game-operations crew. I won’t completely spoil the videos, which will debut on opening night, but if they’re anything like last year’s they should be classics.
Here are a few pictures from the shoot:
The players’ least favorite part of the morning was their merchandising photo shoot. Each player had to model 10 different articles of clothing from hats, sweatshirts, t-shirts and jackets. Thankfully, a couple guys helped the camera guy (Mike Stobe from Getty Images) make the shots look good.Matt Moulson
was the most photogenic and had some pretty great poses for the camera: Mark Streit
and Josh Bailey
made some Isles swag look good:
But the modeling wasn’t quite over. One last photo shoot took place before they were finished with the morning’s work. Every year, the players get their headshots taken for the media guide and the website.
In other news, Islanders Assistant Coach Scott Allen did well doing his best "American Chopper" impression.