(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).
Our family has gone to lots of Senators games over the years as fans, but walking into Scotiabank Place today as a Senator for the first time was pretty neat. I never even dreamt of something like this as a kid. Just walking in, going through the dressing room and just meeting a lot of the people that run the show ... that was pretty cool to see what goes on behind the scenes.
|Senators first-round pick Cody Ceci has come a long way since Dec. 27, 2003, when he stood alongside former Ottawa centre Mike Fisher during the annual Sens Skills event at Scotiabank Place (Ottawa Senators Hockey Club). |
It hasn’t really sunk in yet that I was drafted by the Senators. It just happened Friday and everything is happening so quickly. I only had one night at home and now I’m back in a hotel here in Kanata, where we're all staying for the week. I’m just trying to let things settle down before I get going at this camp
In 2003, I took part in Sens Skills as kid and I had no idea then it would ever lead to this. It was always my dream as a little kid to play in the NHL, but the odds of that happening are pretty slim. Now, it’s pretty cool that now, when I think back, that I’ll be skating on the ice with a few of those guys who are still here. It will be pretty neat to actually play with them on the same team.
I still have the jersey I wore that day. It's still hanging in my room. I just hung my draft jersey on the wall beside it on the weekend. They’re both hanging up there and to see the ’03 on one of them and the ’12 on the back of the other is pretty cool
It’s only been just recently that I realized making the NHL was a real possibility. Being drafted into the OHL (by the 67’s) was pretty big for me and I was happy with that. It’s just in the past couple of years that I saw some of my friends getting drafted into the NHL. Then when some of them started playing, that’s when I realized it could happen for me, too.
I expect to take a lot from this development camp. I’m going to learn a lot this week, so what I do with what I’ve learned will determine how prepared I’ll be when I come to the Senators main camp in September. I want to have fun at this camp, but I also want to take a lot away from it and see what they want from me this summer.