NHL Boot Camp in Plano, Texas wrapped up on Friday.
The week-long lockout workouts ended on a high notes with a plethora of NHlers converging on Texas for a series of serious workouts that were carefully scripted and executed, in order to keep the attention focused on being prepared and physically fit once the owners and the players agree on a new CBA. On Friday, against the back drop of the NHL canceling all league games for the month of Novembeer, the players did what player do: they played.
The workouts included current Stars players Fiddler, Trevor Daley, Mark Fistric, Ray Whitney, Richard Bachman and Eric Nystrom, as well as former Stars players James Neal, Steve Ott, Sheldon Souray and Adam Pardy. Other notable NHLers included Ryane Clowe (San Jose), Keith Yandle (Phoenix), Cam Fowler (Anaheim), Shawn Horcoff (Edmonton) and Chris Kunitz (Pittsburgh).
Sidney Crosby told the Dallas Morning News that he enjoyed the Plano Boot Camp.
“We love hanging out and we love playing, and we just love the game,’’ said Ott. “So this is a great chance to challenge ourselves, push ourselves, and have a little fun too.’’
Crosby greeted a line of autograph seekers waiting outside the building on a chilly Friday afternoon and signed several items. He said it was nice to see fans all over the world still care about the game.
“We know there are hockey fans everywhere and we’re glad they came out,’’ Crosby said. “They maybe got a little taste of hockey that they’re probably missing right now…We all are.’’
Crosby, who played only 22 games last season because of concussions, said he is feeling great.
“I’m good, really good,’’ he said. “I feel like I’ve tested myself already. You get the occasional bump in the scrimmages, and I felt fine. It’s not a game, but it’s closer. Things are good. I’m glad I’ve been working hard and have no symptoms.’’
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