Consider the Oilers Kelowna team retreat a success for newcomers like Josh Archibald, who enjoyed the weekend excursion while learning more about his new teammates away from the rink.
"We were out on the boat one day and Smitty (Mike Smith) was pointing out that he bought a house up here this summer actually," Archibald, recapping some highlights from the week, said.
"I thought that was kind of cool, just being able to see where guys spend their summers and get a little different perspective on things."
The winger, who signed with the Oilers on July 16, experienced similar team trips in the past with other clubs and mentioned how impactful they can be for a fresh face joining the room.
"When I first came in here, I was a new guy," Archibald said. "There are times when you want to speak up but you don't know if you should."
For Archibald, who's been skating on a line with Jujhar Khaira and Riley Sheahan at Camp, those bonding jaunts not only make players feel more at ease around one another but can also translate on the ice.
"You just get more comfortable," he said. "When you get into a week like this and spend a weekend together, you feel that comfort and you can talk to guys and say things. They'll understand and you'll understand."
Connor McDavid, the Oilers Captain who sets the tone for the room, doubled down on the value team retreats can have.
"The relationships in the dressing room are really important for the on-ice part of it," McDavid said. "It was a good opportunity set up by the coaches and management for us to get to know each other pretty well."
Before entering the dressing room or taking the ice in Orange & Blue, Archibald wondered about the leadership and team dynamic in Edmonton. After three weeks with McDavid and Co., he has his answer.
"I've never had a captain that's been younger than I have," the 26-year-old said.
"He's one of the best leaders I've had."
McDavid was the first person to reach out to Archibald when his paperwork was signed. It was an example of the captain's dedication to welcoming new members to the club. And while many perceive the 22-year-old captain as a quiet individual, Archibald was quick to dismiss that.