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09-25-2010, 12:00 PM
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I was a little worried where the story was going at first, but yeah very classy move and something I always try to do. I liken it to when I got a shot to attend training camp with a minor pro team. I had no business being there but I got lucky, and the vets on the team couldn't have been cooler. In practice they made sure I got plenty of opportunities to work in on drills, passed the puck a lot, set me up for chances. In the scrimmages they treated me like any other player. I try to bring that whenever I play drop in and see the guys that haven't been playing long or are real beginners, or the guys who I really know but don't play as often or who are at the age where they're not going to get a lot better. It makes my night and there night fun to see them have success and put a few pucks in the net and get some confidence. I play with some prep school guys who are light years better than me who are the same way. When I skate with them I'm the hack who's just trying to keep up and not look too bad, and they still pass when I'm open no matter how many one timers I shank or how many times I miss the net. That's really what hockey is all about, sharing the fun.

It's quite a contrast from the hot shot college or junior players, or even worse around here, the Europeans who are constantly hammering their stick on the ice and screaming for the puck.

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