(Ottawa native Cody Ceci was the Senators' first-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft held in Pittsburgh. The Ottawa 67's defenceman will provide readers with some thoughts about his first Senators development camp in a series of blog posts for ottawasenators.com).
Two days into development camp and I have to say it’s definitely been a cool experience already. Just skating with these guys has been high intensity. It’s different and it’s fun. I haven’t played at that high a level of intensity since the playoffs with the 67's. It's nice to get back to that.
|Cody Ceci and Senators prospects at development camp spent their lunch hour today with season-seat owners (Ottawa Senators Hockey Club). |
There is a ton of skill on the ice at this level and it’s really intense. Everyone is trying to reach the same goal, so everyone’s pushing just as hard. They’re nice guys off the ice but when we’re on the ice, everyone is competing hard against each other
Already, I’ve met a ton of guys since I’ve been here. I knew a few of the guys coming in and they’ve introduced to me to some of the guys they’ve met in the past few years. It’s all coming together and I’m getting to know a bunch of great guys
I’ve played against (Stefan) Noesen and (Matt) Puempel in the OHL, and I know (Corey) Cowick and obviously (Shane) Princey, since we’re teammates with the 67’s. A few other guys I’ve just seen around.
We were invited to a luncheon today with some high-end season-ticket holders, the people who pay a lot of money to come to our games every year. It’s cool to see that kind of support from the fans. It's the same with 67’s. We’ve got a great booster club and to see all that support means a ton to us.
It’s huge to reach out to fans this way. The more you connect, the more they want to support you. And the more support you have, the better the chance you have of winning because you get momentum from the crowd. It’s pretty big in hockey these days.
We’re usually done for the day around 5 p.m. and by then, everyone is pretty tired because we’re up at 7:30 every morning. We’re just kind of laying around by that point because nobody really has much energy left. We’ll go out for dinner but after that, it’s back to the hotel to rest up before we get to bed.
I'm definitely starting to settle in at this camp. I’ve been here for two days now and I’ve been treated like a pro for those days, which is really cool. Everyone is super nice in this organization and they welcome you in. Now it’s time to settle down and I know what I’ve got to do.