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Ceci: No Vacation For Us On Canada Day

by Sens Player blog / Ottawa Senators

(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

Cody Ceci and the Sens prospects will close out development camp Monday morning with a 3-on-3 tournament at the Bell Sensplex.

Even though today is our national holiday, we still had some work to do at development camp. I’m not used to working this hard on Canada Day, but it’s still part of the camp and we’re still going hard at it, so we’ve got to keep up the intensity, although it is Canada Day. But we just had the one skate today and now we’re done. They took it easy on us and we’ve got a fun night planned this evening.

Last night, we all took part in a meal preparation seminar. I’ve never really been one to cook a lot. I’ve always lived at home, although I did live away for a few years when we at a boarding school. But we had a dining hall there and meals were served to us. It's kind of wild, when you think about it, knowing that one day you’ve got to do that stuff on your own. We just met at Supper Works as a team and the people there were very available to us. It was a neat way to learn how to make healthy meals.

You definitely think differently about food when you take a closer look at what goes into it. You look at all the ingredients and you’ll see certain things have better ingredients in them, so I learned a lot about that and it’s good information to know. There’s a lot you have to think about before you go out and buy things for yourself.

Monday morning, we close out camp with a 3-on-3 tournament at the Bell Sensplex. It’s a really fun part of the camp and it’s the only thing we really have to do that day before we all say our goodbyes tomorrow. We’re going to go really hard at it. It’s not too gruelling, from what I hear, but it’ll be pretty competitive because every team wants to win. There is a trophy at skate, I’ve heard, and everyone wants their name on a trophy as part of a winning team. So I think everyone is going to go really hard to try to win it. If you're near the rink, drop in and watch!

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