Day One for the San Jose Sharks 2010 Training Camp was Friday. Everybody went through medical testing on Friday. In addition, veteran and younger players who were on the team last year had one more spin on the ice in the last Captain’s Skate.
But starting tomorrow, coaches step on the ice for the first time since the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The business to winning the 2010-11 Stanley Cup will begin.
However on Friday, the Sharks medical staff was at Sharks Ice to check all of the players.
“It was about 45 minutes,” said Dan Boyle
about the morning medicals. “They do an EKG, check your eyes, teeth, blood work and just have the doctors make sure everything is good.”
With that complete, the next step is a kickoff team meeting later today and then the blades hit the ice Saturday.
“The testing is all done and now we’re ready for tomorrow,” forward Jamie McGinn said. “We know it will be a short training camp and you have to get your mind back into things. Being at a couple of training camps, you know the system, but it takes a couple of days to get back in the flow of things.”
In addition to the physical tests, players participated in video shoots for Comcast SportsNet California and the Sharks Event Presentation Department and got their headshots taken for publicity purposes.
“People usually tell me I have a bad picture because I’m renowned for them,” defenseman Jason Demers
said. “It’s fun to see, especially on a video game or something when you see your picture.”
THE LAST CAPTAIN’S SKATE
The informal Captain’s Skate may not be as physical as training camp hockey, but the intensity always picks up when the score is being kept. Team Black topped Team White in the unofficial championship game to the end of summer. Team Black included Devin Setoguchi, Derek Joslin, Boyle, Douglas Murray
, Jay Leach, Dany Heatley, Ryane Clowe
, Thornton and Logan Couture
. The teams stayed the same much of summer, but the goalies were flipped around a bit.
“We’ve been working as a team and we stuck with our guys,” said Thornton, making sure the white team heard the comments. “This was the biggest game (of the past few weeks) and we took it. Joslin had a big part in this win. He came off the bench for us and so did big Frazer McLaren. It was just all teamwork today. I think the scores were 8-4 and 5-1, so a good finish.”
There was no toasting of the winners and consoling the losers in the Sharks locker room afterwards. In fact, accusations and bragging were a major part of the banter (all in jest, of course).
“I was on the black and we were the winners,” Boyle said. “We just dominated and they tried to cheat. We were just the better team.”
The viewpoint was not quite the same for those in the white jerseys.
“They won one day out of 20, we’ll give them one, that’s it,” McGinn said.
“Out of the last three weeks, we’ve skated Monday to Friday, five days a week,” Torrey Mitchell
said. “I’ve been here the last two weeks and I lost once. And the white team did not lose before I arrived. The black team was 0-14 going into today and it was more just a flush skate for us. Because we were getting ready for camp, we took it a little easy and they won their first game, so they are 1-14. White is 14-1 in the last three weeks.
“There was no talk of that (being the championship game) until the game was over,” Mitchell added.
Starting tomorrow, the talk gets serious as training camp and the quest for Lord Stanley begins.