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Ceci: Taking Some Steps Toward Being A Pro

by Rob Brodie / 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's first Sens development camp provided him with a wealth of knowledge he'll take with him and use as part of his training.

We finished off development camp with a 3-on-3 tournament this morning and it was a real competitive way to end to our week. I’ve never played in that competitive a 3-on-3 before. But it was a lot of fun to try new things with it and it was a pretty cool way to set it up for us.

After a hard week, everyone was pretty tired this morning. You try to rest some when it's not your turn to be on the ice but at the same time, you’re trying to give everything you’ve got left in the tank and have some fun while you're doing it.

While I'll probably take away most from this week is that we just learned a ton about becoming a pro. Now it’s a matter of what you do with all that information they gave you and they've made everything available to us to keep using in the future. They’ve given us all the tools, now we’ve just got to work with them.

I have a lot of great memories from this camp. We did a lot of cool stuff. We did everything from working in hostage situations to cooking class to boxing — we did it all this week and it was a lot of fun. Even the scavenger hunt yesterday downtown on Canada Day, that was fun, too. We had a lot of fun taking pictures and bringing them back. This whole camp was a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to coming back here again.

This past week was tough on the body, so it’s time now to take it easy for a few days and train lightly. From there on in, I'll be getting ready for the world junior camp that's coming up in Russia. And finally, thanks to everyone who took time to read my thoughts this week. See you all again soon at the rink!

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