|Adam Gilmour gets a taste of the NHL|
lifestyle at Wild development camp.
I was immediately put at ease when I found out that my roommate for the week was (St. John Sea Dogs forward) Charlie Coyle. He and I were teammates at Thayer Academy a few years ago and we have been working out lately at the gym in Foxboro, Mass. He has been through the camp before and it was great to be able to ask him questions about his experiences.
The beginning of the camp was at 6:45 Monday morning, when we all took a bus to a hospital to get medical exams. After that we went to the rink for physical testing. The hardest (and last) test was definitely the two 300-yard shuttles. I didn't feel well after that, but it didn't take too long to recover.
After that, we all went downstairs into a locker room and picked out the helmet, gloves, and pants we'll be wearing for the week. The whole atmosphere in the locker room is unlike anything I've ever experienced before. Everything's laid out for us and the room itself is amazing, and for the “first timers” like me it gives us a great taste of what being a pro is like.
Dinner that night was held at a family's house on the lake. Playing games near the lake was a great way to get to know some of the guys that could be my future teammates. When we finally got back to the hotel, falling asleep was easy. It was a long day but a fun one and it made me look forward to the rest of the week.
|A trip to one of Minnesota's 10,000 lakes was part of|
Gilmour's first day in the Twin Cities.
Our second on-ice session was all power skating. We worked on technique and little tricks to improve our speed. It was a huge help to me, and with just a few tweaks my sprint time improved significantly.
Dinner was at a restaurant close to the rink. The fans’ excitement about the Wild, especially with the recent free-agent signings of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, is unbelievable. It makes me want to continue to work hard so I will have the opportunity to play in such a great city.
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