For the New York Rangers, the future is now. Beginning this Saturday, close to 30 top Blueshirt prospects will convene at the University of Calgary in Alberta for a five-week development camp (July 28 to August 31) where they will have an opportunity to enhance various hockey skills, get a taste of training methods critical for future play in the National Hockey League and gain familiarity with the Rangers organization.
During the Camp, the players will be immersed in the Rangers culture and will be exposed to the facilities and methods of the Olympic Oval at the National Sports Training Center.
Rangers Vice President of Player Personnel, Tom Renney, is coordinating the Development Camp curriculum as well as on-ice instruction.
“What we hope to achieve, within this time frame, is the enhancement of our players’ individual skills such as skating, puck handling, passing and the processing of hockey information,” said Renney. “As well, emphasis will be placed on each player’s personal development and the team tactics required to compete at the NHL level.”
The Camp will also consist of an extensive off-ice program of strength and fitness training that will address and challenge each player in preparation to making the jump to professional hockey. Rangers Strength and Conditioning Coach, Reg Grant, will supervise and coordinate this portion of the five-week program. Aerobic and anaerobic training will be part of each prospect’s day, including daily attention to the areas of agility, balance and coordination.
In addition, classroom training sessions will be held each week, focusing on the areas of visualization and mental imagery, relaxation methods, emotional control and goal setting. With the Olympic Oval being home to many Canadian national athletes and coaches, the players will also have the opportunity to interact and train with many of them.
While the main goal of the Camp is to develop the attending Blueshirt prospects into future NHLers, each player will also be evaluated on his performance in an effort to determine whether the player warrants an invitation to Training Camp this fall.
DEVELOPMENT CAMP ROSTER: Andrews, Bobby Aufiero, Pat Blackburn, Dan Collymore, Shawn Crabb, Joey Dusablon, Benoit Falardeau, Lee Flynn, Rob Guenin, Nathan Hollweg, Ryan Inman, David Jonasen, Marcus Kinch, Matt Labarbera, Jason Lampman, Bryce Lundmark, Jamie Meyer, Scott Moore, Dominic Murray, Garth Preucil, Petr Rawlyk, Rory Snee, Brandon State, Jeff Taylor, Jake Tutin, Fedor Ulmer, Layne Walsh, Mike Weller, Craig Zhvachkin, Leonid