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Agostino Closes Camp With Another Strong Effort

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- When Kenny Agostino emerged from the U.S. locker room following today's 6-4 loss to Sweden, he had his elbow wrapped in a thick bandage, which encased an ice bag, and the bandage also ran halfway up his forearm. He's had the elbow wrapped every day of the camp, and someone joked that the bigger the wrap got, it seemed like the better Agostino played.

And the way the Pittsburgh Penguins prospect was playing, in another week he would have looked like a mummy.

Agostino had a goal and an assist, giving him 3 goals and 7 assists in six games. He had at least a point in five games, and multiple points in four of them.

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"It was a great confidence booster," Agostino told of the camp. "I had a lot of fun this week. It was a long week, you're on the ice once or twice a day for nine days in a row, that's going to wear on your body, so I think we're all pretty tired. But I had a great time this week."

He did while nursing a badly bruised left elbow, which he injured in the first practice of camp. Despite that, he still arguably was Team USA's best player in Lake Placid. And he missed half of his usual summer workout due to a case of mononucleosis.

"It was just one of those weeks for me," he said. "It's great when the puck just seems to find you. It was bouncing my way. I felt good and had a lot of fun."

With camp ending, he'll return home and work toward getting ready for his second season at Yale, and try to let his elbow heal.

"They said it'll take about a month to heal," he said. "It's just a bad bone bruise. I'll be all right."

He certainly was this week.

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Author: Adam Kimelman | Staff Writer

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