By Kerry Gwydir
It was a late night for Mark Parrish, who had to fly from Minneapolis to Toronto and then connect to Halifax Monday night. By the time the Islanders' right wing had reached Yarmouth (FYI, it's an almost three-hour ride from Halifax), it was 5 a.m. local time. Still, after agreeing to a contract yesterday, Parrish will be on the ice this morning as the Islanders open training camp in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.
The first day of camp will feature a scrimmage right off the bat, as Team A will faceoff against Team B (see rosters below). Players will participate in three groups on Day 1, with Team A arriving first and hitting the ice at 9 a.m. They will be joined at 10 a.m. for a 45-minute with Team B. Once that scrimmage ends, Team B will complete their on-ice session while Team A heads with Strength and Conditioning Coach Garrett Timms for an off-ice workout.
By noontime, Team C, a non-scrimmaging group, will arrive and head on the ice for their training session. At that same time, Timms will take Team B through an off-ice lifting session. By 2 p.m., Team C will join Timms for an off-ice session of their own, thus completing the club's hockey activities of the day.
Once the players and staff are done with their duties, there's no doubt that they will indulge in the many activities away-from-the-rink that this beautiful ocean town offers. From scenic golf courses to bass and shark fishing to whale and seal watching, the Islanders will sure have the opportunity to experience the best this quaint and scenic town has to offer.
Be sure to check back later for Chris Botta and Jim Morlock's afternoon training camp report. TEAM A
Jason Blake-Ryan O'Marra-Trent Hunter
Justin Papineau-Shawn Bates-Sean Bergenheim
Cole Jarrett-Kevin Colley-Rob Collins DEFENSE
Alexei Zhitnik-Brent Sopel
Ryan Caldwell-Allen Rourke
Jaroslav Mrazek-Vince Macri GOALTENDERS
Tuomas Tarkki TEAM BFORWARDS
Mike York-Oleg Kvasha-Mattias Weinhandl
Robert Nilsson-Jeremy Colliton-Mark Parrish
Steve Regier-David Masse-Eric Godard
Jason Pitton DEFENSE
Dustin Kohn-Tomi Pettinen
Jody Robinson-Nick Tuzzolino GOALTENDERS
Chris Madden TEAM C
Blake Comeau-Alexei Yashin-Miroslav Satan
Arron Asham/Travis Brigley-Wyatt Smith-Petteri Nokelainen
Masi Marjamaki-Matt Koalska-Luch Aquino DEFENSE
Brad Lukowich-Chris Campoli
Joel Bouchard-Bruno Gervais
Paul Flache-Mike Jarmuth GOALTENDERS