Arrived at the MC a little before 8:00 AM this morning and left a little after 7:00 PM this evening…a full day of watching both rookies and vets get put through their paces both on and off the ice on the opening day of training camp for the Portland Winterhawks.
The day started with two 45 minute practices for the rookie squads (they are split into four teams) and then another 45 minute session for the goaltenders. After that, the veterans took the ice for two 90 minute sesssion (once again, split into two teams).
After a short break, the rookies returned for two 60 minute games (actually split into 20 minute mini-games) to wrap up the afternoon.
All told, 104 players hit the ice today and that number will jump to 105 once Seth Swenson arrives after playing for Team USA at the Five Nations Tournament in Germany. Rosters for the rookie games (that will once again be played tomorrow and Tuesday, starting at 4:00 PM) should be available for those that attend.
Bryan Heim took some photos of the first rookie game and they can be seen here.
In the game, the blue squad outscored the black squad 5-1 in the three 20 minute games, getting two goals from Brayden Holloway (16) and solo markers from Zach Foesch (15), Jake Montgomery (15) and Ben Vikich (15). First overall pick Derrick Pouliot had a couple dazzling rushes and set up two of the goals. Ty Rattie was also on the blues squad, although he didn’t hit the scoresheet, he was dominant in the offensive zone.
The lone goal for the black squad was a highlight reel goal by Frasier Haber (16) on the breakaway.
In the second game, the red squad shutout the maroon squad 5-0 in the three mini games. Cam Callaway (15) scored twice and they got single markers from Destry Straight (16) , Taylor Tanti (15) and Tyler Wotherspoon (16).
The rookies will continue with scrimmages in the afternoons tomorrow and Tuesday and then the Main Camp heats up on Wednesday with the Neely Cup taking place starting at 4:00 on Wednesday afternoon.
I will say that after day 1 that I’m very impressed with the speed and skill of the players in camp. Both Nino Niederreiter and Jacob Berglund impressed in their camp debut, although it was just in drills. It will be interesting to see the battles play out for roster spots when the Main Camp opens on Wednesday.
Hope to see some of you there…
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