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BLOG: Nurse selects McDavid as 'first star'

by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers

At the end of Wednesday's practice, Darnell Nurse selected Connor McDavid as the practice's first star. The 'first star' is a tradition which has carried on from Oklahoma City where the player previously selected first star chooses someone else at the end of practice with all players around the centre ice circle. The chosen one then has to take a lap around the ice.

With no prior first star, with Nurse's OKC experience, Fleming selected him as the one to pass the torch. Nurse, of course, selected McDavid.

"I'm not picking on him, I just let him do a lap," Nurse chuckled. "It was fun out there. It was something we did in OKC when Gerry (Fleming) was on the ice. He asked 'who will do first star?' and I said 'I'll do it for you' and we had a little fun."

McDavid said that he saw the selection coming from a mile away.

"Me and Nurse, we're good buddies. I saw it coming when they said they were doing that. It was a lot of fun," McDavid stated.

Nurse said he's excited to have McDavid as his teammate at the NHL level.

"Thank God I don't have to play against him anymore," he laughed. "He's a special player. Any time you get the opportunity to add a guy like that to your team, it makes the organization a lot better," Nurse noted. "We played against each other and battled against each other for a few years now and had the opportunity to play together at World Juniors. Not only is he a great player, he's a great guy. It's always good to joke around with him and have some fun."

The big defenceman said that the atmosphere around the team has been very positive in camp so far.

"It's really exciting. You can tell everyone is upbeat, looking forward to September and October. I'm looking forward to do what I can to make the team."

As for his own personal goals for next season? Nurse simply wants to make the team.

"My goal is definitely to come in here and earn a job. I just have to go out there and work as hard as I can. I can only control what I do."

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