What a crazy day!
The day started bright and early with a 6 am wake up, followed by fitness testing and medicals at 7 am. The group was separated in two groups cycling through various stations until all that was needed to be completed was, of course, the moment each guy looked forward to the most… of taking their respective turns on the bike tests, which are to say the least, not easy. Personally I was happy I was able to hold my lunch down after the bike tests, which was an improvement from my bout at the NHL combine, where I wasn't so lucky.
It was pretty cool to meet all the guys as the testing and such went on, and pick the brains of Jacob Trouba and Mark Scheifele on how the camp goes and the how testing is run. It was also a cool surprise to meet Evander Kane and have him hang around the boys all day. As a young guy, it was definitely a nice feeling to be welcomed so nicely by everyone from the players who've been through the camp, to the trainers and all the staff.
Once the testing and lunch were over, we headed to practice, which turned out to be the most exciting practice I've ever been a part of.
Walking out to practice was absolutely surreal seeing 3 rows deep of Jets fans lined up to see the camp in July! Then as we stepped on the ice, it was easy to see just how passionate the fans are. It was also interesting with all the new equipment in front of the large crowd for the first fifteen minutes or so. Afterwards it was nice to meet some fans, sign some autographs and take some pictures, and it was awesome to see just how welcoming the fans were!
We finished the day off with a nice group dinner, and after everything today, I'm most excited about an early sleep!
See you tomorrow Jets Fans!
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