The camaraderie was thick last night at the Princess Lodge. The players were all dressed for success and you can tell they are all excited to hit the season rolling. Coach said it best, "In a thousand mile journey, it all starts from step one". That step one starts this afternoon with the Blue/Gold game.
Last night, I had the pleasure of Carlo Finucci's company at our table, who has really been working his tail off training and conditioning. I'm really happy for him, he's get some great puck handling skills, and that conditioning will definitely help with his speed. Judging by the video that was played, displaying their pre-season activities (I'll see if I can get my hands on it for those who didn't attend), the guys have really been training hard all the way around. As coach said, guys are really competing for time on the ice top to bottom and lines are still somewhat in limbo. This afternoon at the Blue/Gold game will be the first chance to see which players fit in to which lines, and see which players have some good chemistry with each other.
The competitions will be very interesting as well. After seeing practice this week, the fastest skater is going to be a very exciting competition to watch. Of course, they are just fun little competitions, no real impact other than bragging rights. Will Ronnie Meyers keep his fastest skater title? We'll find out this afternoon.
The biggest announcement from last night was the captain's announcement. All 3 of this year's captains are seniors. Forward Derek Klassen and defenseman Bryant Molle are both alternates (yes, I'm a purist, I don't like to call them assistants), and forward Kevin Petovello, who served as an alternate last year will don the C for the 2010-11 season.
Now I don't know about you, but I'm excited to get things going. This evening, at 5:00PM will be the puck drop at the Blue/Gold game. Doors open at 4:00, and since the Patty is less than half the size of the Carlson Center, I highly suggest showing up earlier rather than later. If you can't make it, be sure to follow me on Twitter for updates.