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Laine enjoying new experiences in Winnipeg

Even training camp itself is like nothing he's ever seen before

by Ryan Dittrick @ryandittrick /

WINNIPEG - The comforts of home are almost impossible to replicate - unless you're a gamer like Patrik Laine, in which case they totally are.

The newest Jet is just like any other young adult, spending the bulk of his off nights playing video games after a long day at work.

"I have my Playstation with me so I don't get bored," he said with a laugh. "Every day I'm at the hotel playing it, so it's just like home."

He spends most of his time playing Call of Duty and FIFA 16, even though he's not much of a soccer player himself. NHL 17? Too life-like.

"I have a lot of hockey in my life, so I don't need it on Playstation, too."

Makes sense.

The games, of course, are a welcome distraction during an understandably stressful time, as it would be for anyone in his position. A new city, a new team, his friends and family a world apart - but he handles it well, with grace and maturity well beyond his years.

Even training camp itself is like nothing he's ever seen before.

Video: CAMP | Patrik Laine

"It's new to me because in Finland we never did stuff like this," Laine said. "We just came to practice and we didn't have to (fight) for spots on the team. …  It's a lot different here than back home, but it's a good thing to have a lot of players here. You have to play your best game to earn a spot.

"I've scored a couple goals in practice but training camp is only just getting started. Anything can happen, so I just want to show the best skills I have."

Laine got his first taste of game action earlier today in a Blue/White scrimmage at MTS Iceplex. That, too, was something he never experienced in the Finnish Elite League, but he enjoyed it nonetheless.

Next up: His first NHL pre-season games, which could come tomorrow against the Minnesota Wild, or Friday against the Edmonton Oilers.

"I'm feeling pretty good right now," he said. "Everybody wants to play. It's the best thing about this sport. We'll see what (the coaches) have to say."

- Ryan Dittrick,

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