University of Michigan goalie Steve Racine was a late addition to development camp after Linus Ullmark was forced to withdraw due to sickness. He shared the story about how he got his invite with Sabres.com on Friday.
I got a call on Tuesday morning right after the fourth of July. One day before the beginning of camp. I was actually sleeping in. I woke up and I had five voicemails from my agent and a couple voicemails from my parents asking where I was. 'Where are you? Get up! You have to call your agent!'
You've got to be ready at any time. There was some talk that I might be going to a camp for the last couple months but I hadn’t heard anything until the Draft. Then after the Draft, it seemed like most teams had too many prospects so I figured I wouldn’t be going. Luckily, I got the call from the Sabres.
Yeah, I got the call late, but I'm happy to be here. Being from Buffalo, it's even cooler.
I've been to a development camp before with San Jose, but it's definitely a cool experience having grown up watching the Sabres. Luckily, Buffalo's always had really good goalies. Growing up watching Dominik Hasek, Ryan Miller, Marty Biron, you learn a lot. In the summers I was lucky enough to skate with Miller and the Sabres some mornings as a teenager and I learned a lot then too.
At the same time, I'm here to do a job. Not being from here, it'd be the same job. It requires a lot more work than we're used to in college, when we have three goalies on the ice at all times. Andrew Allen, the Sabres goalie coach, has been great. He's shared a lot of things and is really supportive.
I'm roommates with Jonas Johansson, the other goalie in my group, so we share some stories and laughs at the hotel. He's from Sweden, but all hockey players are similar in one way or another.
Tomorrow is the Blue & Gold Scrimmage. It's been a while since I've played a game, so I'll have to shake the rust off early. You've just got to focus and do what you do and control what you can control. The rest should take care of itself.
It's an awesome experience and just getting a taste of the NHL is amazing. Hopefully, I'll get back here one day.