Archive for September, 2009

Day off in the burgh

Posted in Uncategorized on September 19, 2009 by inthecreasewiththiess

Hello everyone from sunny Pittsburgh on a welcomed day off for us after a pretty tough first week of training camp.  Hard to believe it was only 2 weeks ago that we were on a bus to Kitchener to start the rookie tournament, feels like a month ago.  It’s hard to keep track of the days and dates right now, you go day by day by the schedule for your group, skate, workout, eat, sleep and do it all again.  We had a meeting this morning to go over some special teams work and then were free to do what we want, for me that means catching up on some laundry that has been piling up over a few weeks, tough to live out of a suitcase!

Over the past few days we made a trip to Wilkes Barre for the black and gold game which was a lot of fun.  The fans in Wilkes Barre were ecstatic to see their favorite Penguins and it made for a great atmosphere.  I had never played in Wachovia Arena, just practiced their last year.  The rink has a lot of character as the fans really seem like they are right on top of you, not too much different from playing at Matthews Arena the past 3 years.  Speaking of which I have heard nothing but rave reviews for the renovations that have taken place there.  Talking to some of the players as well as coaches they are excited for the new facilities that they have to work with and good for them they deserve it.  Practice day for us here tomorrow before relocating to the practice rink for next week as the G20 summit invades downtown Pittsburgh.


First game with the Penguins

Posted in Uncategorized on September 16, 2009 by inthecreasewiththiess

Last night was a first for me as I got into my first NHL action for the third period and overtime of our game against Columbus.  I was a little nervous, and it didn’t make it easier that I had to sit and watch for two periods waiting my chance to get in the net.  One note about that, in Mellon Arena the backup goalie doesn’t get to sit on the bench as their is no room so I had to sit by myself in the tunnel where we skate out onto the ice, a little different set up. 

It kind of hit me in warm-up that I was actually taking part in an NHL game, albeit not with everyone involved but still, it was the NHL.  Everyone looked a lot bigger than in college.  When it was time to go in I was a little nervous but thanks to Sid and co most of the period was spent in the other end.  Now I have that experience under my belt and can draw on that experience for the next time, whenever that may be.

Other than that camp has been going well we have been working hard practicing and working out, tomorrow night is the black and gold game in Wilkes Barre which should be fun, but for the rest of the day it’s rest on the agenda maybe see a movie later on with some of the guys.

day one in the books

Posted in Uncategorized on September 13, 2009 by inthecreasewiththiess

Well day one at training camp here in Pittsburgh is done.  We were split up into three groups for today and the following few days.  Today we watched some video on different systems that they run in Pittsburgh and hit the ice for a one hour practice with our respective groups.  All the teams were a mixture of both vets and rookies, I was paired up with Marc Andre Fleury on my team.  The first thing that struck me when we stepped on the ice was the amount of people that had come out for day one of training camp, probably close to 3 thousand fans had gathered at Mellon Arena.  Fleury drew a large cheer when he stepped on the ice, along with some “Fleury” chants.  It was exciting to be on the ice at Mellon and the hour long practice flew by.  It was followed by a quick workout and that was it for the day.  Tomorrow my group is scheduled to have a scrimmage and a practice so I’m looking forward to that.

first training camp underway

Posted in Uncategorized on September 11, 2009 by inthecreasewiththiess

Well my first professional training camp began this past week with the Penguins rookie camp.  I was a little nervous but also excited to be starting another hockey season.  We arrived in Pittsburgh last friday, had a meeting with coaching staff about the week ahead, then headed to bed getting some much needed rest for the week ahead.

Saturday started early with fitness testing which was difficult, definitely a reminder of why you put in all the hard work during the offseason.  We then boarded the bus to take part in the Kitchener Rookie Tournament hosted by Toronto and also attended by Boston and Ottawa.  The bus ride was 6 hours and gave us a chance to reconnect with a lot of the players that we were together with during the summer at the week long prospects camp.  The week consisted of 4 games, we had practices on the morning of the games and in between games 2 and 3 we had a day off from the games.  It was a little nerve wracking to finally play in my first game after being with the team for what seems like a long time and just practicing, so getting that first game under the belt was good, even though things didn’t go as well as I would have liked.  That set me up for a better game the next one against Toronto and the result was much better.  As a team we came on as the tournament progressed ending up winning our last 2 games.  It was a fun week to be playing hockey again but also to be on the road, being around the guys joking around and talking hockey.

So now we are back in Pittsburgh starting the main camp tomorrow.  Now that the season has started and we are going at it I’m going to update more regularly, hopefully a couple of times a week at least.