Assistant Coach Todd Alexander says, the team focused more on working with the puck, and credits the training session as one of the reasons for the quicker pace at practice.
“There was more puck control and passing stuff today, we worked on a little bit of skating too,” he explains. “We seemed to pick our effort up. We had a good segment this morning where we did some fitness testing, so the boys were up and at ’em, so it was a better ice time today for sure.”
He goes on to say that the team added the fitness component to this year’s camp to expose the players to experiences that often come at more refined levels of hockey.
“It’s something new that we’re trying. We thought that some of these kids haven’t had the opportunity to see what it’s like, what the other kids get to do when you go to the higher levels.” Alexander says.
All things considered, Alexander says that the squad seems to be in better condition for this year’s camp than they were at this time last year, and overall, the team is better prepared this time around.
“I think for the most part, the group is in better shape than they were last year at this point in time,” he says. “Last year we were a lot thinner at this time of year. We still got about nine guys coming back, give or take, but definitely we’re further ahead at this point in time than we were last year.”
The Huskies will be on the ice twice a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays, as they continue to ready themselves for the 2013-2014 NWJHL season.