Eric Majeski's (aka Netwolf) Camp Reports for LetsGoPens.com
Camp 2003, Sept. 17
September 17, 2003
The first session had the following groups of forwards:
Mario Lemieux and Martin Straka were also in this group. Eric Meloche double shifted in drills on RW with them.
Defensemen were paired up like this:
The goalies were Caron, Fleury and Boucher.
The second session matched these forwards together:
The defense pairings were
The goalies were Aubin, Brochu and Chiodo.
Not a whole lot to report today since it was all drills. I also spent half the first session trying to figure out who was who before the roster sheets came up. The second session sheets never made it.
Most of the drills appeared to be to get all the guys skating although I think the last couple were the beginnings of Edzo instituting his system. Both stressed forechecking big time. The first man in is supposed to go in full bore on the puck carrier and the other two forwards are supposed to read off that. At one point, Edzo whistled the drill dead and laid into them pretty good, with the main point being to keep your stick on the ice and not "up in the [expletive] air." He was pretty irate at that point and was yelling at the top of his lungs. He wants the sticks down on the forecheck and on defense to make it difficult for the other team to get through them. The speed of the drills picked up immediately and no one had to be reminded to get their sticks down again.
In case anyone still doubts Lemieux wants to do as he pleases or that the coaches will leave him be, Lemieux, Edzo and Therrien gave indications otherwise. At the start of the first forechecking drill, Lemieux wasn't on the same page, so they started over and moved Lemieux to LW and Straka to center and ran through it once. The Lemieux, Therrien and Straka all had a discussion about what was going on and why. Then Lemieux went back to center. Pictures of this will be up later.
The involvement of the staff continues to impress. Players are asking questions and appearing to get thorough answers and explanations. I continue to see members of the staff taking guys aside and giving them help. This staff seems to be doing a great job of teaching these guys.
The end of each session was about 5 minutes of skating laps, with the players skating hard through the center of the ice, peeling off to either side and gliding back to the other end before really pushing off through he middle again. Edzo was yelling encouragement throughout. I have a couple of shots of different guys going through this as well as a shot to show how badly all that skating cut the ice up.
I got a bunch of shots of Lemieux taking one-timers and some other one of Beech and Morozov, who were among the last few off the ice as they stayed out late to take shots on Andy Chiodo.
After Edzo had gone off the ice at the end of the second practice, he came back out and summoned everyone off the ice into the locker room. He said he needed them for two minutes and then they could go back out. Maybe today's Rinkrat report from the official site will have some insight into that.
At the end of the first practice, a bunch of the players each grabbed a puck and got inside the circle at ceter ice. The game was to stickhandle and keep control of your puck while trying to kncok the other guys' pucks out. I had never seen that one before. It was interesteing to watch. Last one remaining in wins. Armstrong won. There may be video of this later.
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