With Training Camp just around the corner, a handful of Sharks regulars were back in the practice rink on Monday for Captain’s Ice. Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov, defensemen Craig Rivet and Kyle McLaren, and forwards Curtis Brown and Patrick Rissmiller all joined Captain Patrick Marleau
for the unofficial drop-in style practice session.
“It’s good to be back in San Jose,” said Rivet, who signed a four-year contract extension with San Jose earlier this summer. “We are in the process of looking for a new place, so being out here on the ice helps take my mind away from buying a new house.”
While each player has a unique training regimen the offseason to prepare themselves for training camp in September, a handful of players each year make their way out to the Bay Area to skate at Captain’s Ice. McLaren has been a regular at the midsummer sessions for the past couple of seasons and this year is no different.
“Most guys come into town and show up already in shape,” said the hard-hitting defenseman. “Right now we’re just trying to get our legs underneath us and making sure we’re ready to go before the season starts.”
As for the Sharks Captain, he is becoming a seasoned veteran at running the Captain’s Ice sessions. At just 27 years of age, Marleau is running the unofficial and optional practices for a third consecutive time. Like his teammates, he is focusing on the fundamentals while keeping things light.
“Yesterday was the first time back on the ice for a lot of us,” said Marleau. “So it’s good to get out there and shake the rust off. We’ve been working on some skating and passing drills then we finish off the session with a light scrimmage.”
At Tuesday’s Captain’s Ice, which was up-tempo at times, the players seemed to focus primarily on skating, timing and feel rather than pinpoint passing and shooting. But at times, many of the players showcased the skill that made them professional hockey players and dazzled the on-looking crowd.
“We’re out there to get into skating shape and have a little bit of fun at the same time,” said Marleau. “Right now I’m focusing on getting the legs used to skating again. We’ve been running these practices on our own for a few years now and I think everyone really benefits from them.”
With opening night still nearly two months away, the players who were not in attendance still have plenty of time to get back into the swing of things at training camp and in the preseason. But for the six players that were able to attend, Captain’s Ice was certainly a step in the right direction in the quest for Lord Stanley’s Cup.ORGANIZATIONAL NEWS
Sharks President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Jamison issued the following statement regarding Sharks Blueline Associate Greg Reyes.
“We will continue to monitor the situation, but it would be premature to speculate on anything at this point,” said Jamison. “Regardless of the circumstances, the club’s day-to-day operations will not be affected.”WORCESTER SHARKS 2007-08 SCHEDULE RELEASED
Worcester Sharks President and CEO Michael T. Lehr released today in conjunction with the American Hockey League, the Sharks 2007-08 regular season schedule. Click here
to view the team’s complete schedule.
The team will commence the 2007-08 season in Springfield as they take on the Falcons at the MassMutual Center on Oct. 6. The Baby Sharks will then travel home for their home opener on Oct. 13 versus the Portland Pirates for the second straight year.
“For the second straight season, 33 of our 40 home dates are on the weekend which makes it easier for families to attend Sharks home games,” said Lehr. “We are extremely excited about the upcoming season.”
For the team’s complete schedule and for information on purchasing tickets, crash the net at www.sharksahl.com
.SHARKS PRESIDENT AND CEO JAMISON ON KLIV
Tonight at 7:00 PM, Sharks President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Jamison will be on air on The CEO Show on KLIV-AM 1590.
The weekly talk show features prominent CEOs and Senior Officers who impact Silicon Valley, the State of California, our Nation and the World, for an unrehearsed discussion on the key issues facing our Valley's economy and quality of life. The show includes a call-in portion for interested listeners who would like to participate in the conversation.
Each Tuesday evening at 10 p.m. is an encore performance of the show. In addition, visit the Silicon Valley Leadership Group web site, www.svlg.net
, for podcasts of all previous shows.