(Centre Shane Prince of the Ottawa 67’s was a second-round choice by the Senators in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The native of Spencerport, N.Y., is attending his first rookie camp and tournament with the team and will share some of his experiences in a series of blog posts for ottawasenators.com).
Today was our first off day at the rookie tournament, after having played games the last two days. It's definitely good to have some down time and a light practice. It really is a necessity to have a day like this and kind of relax a little bit. Then we'll get back at it tomorrow.
After the back-to-back games on the weekend, I'm definitely feeling it today and I'm a bit tired. But that's nothing compared to the regular season, so you just push through it. That's hockey, it's what we all chose to do, so we've got to push through these kinds of things.
We're heading down the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto as a group today. I've been there before, but it was a while ago. I kind of remember it, but it'll be cool to go again today and see the Stanley Cup and all the exhibits. When you live the life of hockey, you get to enjoy seeing those things.
Our group has become really tight in a short period of time. We've got a lot of great guys here and everyone gets along pretty well. Some of us know each other a bit better than others, but we have a great time together. Of course, it's always better when we're winning!
We face the Maple Leafs in our final game tomorrow and I've already heard lots about the rivalry between them and Ottawa. They won both of their games and so did we, so it'll definitely be a good one to finish it off.