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Toronto holding prospect camp

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
As they have done for the last several years, the Leafs will be conducting a prospect camp for some of the young talent in the organization.

This year's camp will take place from July 7-13 and consists of numerous on and off-ice sessions.

Alex Steen was the Leafs first draft selection in 2002.
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"The purpose of the prospect camp is threefold," said organizer Paul Dennis, player development coach for the Leafs. "Firstly, the prospects will be exposed to the history and traditions of the Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club. Secondly, they will receive intensive training in the preparation for professional hockey. Thirdly, they will be introduced to the city of Toronto."

Included in the fully-packed schedule for the prospects are sessions in:
  • sport psychology, covering areas such as mental toughness, goal-setting, self-motivation and imagery.
  • fitness testing and appraisal
  • safety and equipment issues
  • a drug and alcohol abuse seminar, presented by a member of the RCMP.
  • dealing effectively with the media
  • nutrition and supplemental foods. The prospects will also prepare and cook a nutritious meal under the direction of Air Canada Centre's award-winning chefs.

    The players will be on the ice at Lakeshore Arena once a day with sessions emphasizing power skating and specific skill development for individuals.

    But it won't be all work as the group will also visit the Hockey Hall of Fame and the CN Tower while taking in a Blue Jays game and a round of golf.

    Participating in the camp are five players selected by the Leafs in last month's NHL Entry Draft, including top pick Alexander Steen. He is joined by Matt Stajan, Todd Ford, Dominic D'Amour and Ian White along with other prospects Carlo Colaiacovo, Jean-Francois Racine, Nicolas Corebeil, Jay Harrison, Kyle Wellwood, Regan Kelly and Brendan Bell.
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