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Diary: Bennett Reflects on Start of Development Camp

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh’s 2010 first-round draft-pick Beau Bennett is in the Steel City taking part in the team’s development camp. The 18-year-old California native shared some of his thoughts on the start of his first professional camp with

The first day was tough to get going. We had a fitness test right off the bat with a 6 a.m. wake-up call, a pretty early morning. I maxed out on a couple of exercises where you’re supposed to stop at a certain point. I’m pretty excited about that. There were other drills that I was average on. I have to keep getting better, keep getting stronger and hopefully at Denver University, it will be a successful learning year and I’ll keep getting stronger.

Then we had a real tough practice at Southpointe. It’s unreal playing with guys who’ve been there before, played NHL games like Tangradi and Jeffrey. I’m playing with Jeffrey right now. I’m just trying to take it all in, watch what he’s doing a little bit, learn from him and keep getting better as the week goes on. It was a rusty day for a lot of us with the new gear and it was the first time on the ice for me in a month. I definitely had to get out some of the cobwebs. As the week goes on, we’ll hit full form by then.

We finished the day with a bowling competition. Our team was pretty good. The first game I was definitely the worst player on my team. I bowled like a 70. I had 19 pins through five frames. It’s not a good start. I got better as the games went on. I was the weak link in the first game and then scored second highest in the second game. I had a quick learning curve. I got the ball straight down the middle more times than not in the second game. Our team - Brian Strait, Reid McNeil, Tom Fitzgerald, Casey Pierro-Zabotel and Keven Vellieux; it was  a pretty solid team - pulled it through so we all get a point for the competition. It was definitely a good thing. It came down to the wire at the end and luckily we pulled it out.

I’m glad they do stuff like that. It’s nice to get away from the hockey rink for a bit, have fun and hang out with some of the guys, learn about them. Competitions always make it fun. It was a good, fun activity to end the day with.

All the guys have been really cool. We’re all here for the same reason, to push each other. It was a really successful few days. Coming in this morning our team had a workout. That was great. We worked hard and put our time in. Now we’re getting ready for another good practice.

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