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Day one - SEP.06.07


Taylor Ellington

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<table width=90%><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/ellington3_09062007_blog.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=3 hspace=4>So, I’m about to check a couple of "firsts" off my list today: my first NHL training camp and my first ever blog.

My approach is pretty much the same for both - I don’t have a whole lot of expectations, I just want work as hard as I can… well, maybe not as much on the blog as on the ice, but I’m prepared to give it my best shot.

I was a little nervous last night (who wouldn’t be?). I met my roommate for the first time – Martin Thibeault. He’s a really good kid. He’s from Val-d’Or.

<a href=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/ellington4_09062007_b.jpgg target=_blank><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/ellington4_09062007_t.jpg border=0 align=right vspace=3 hspace=4></a>I don’t think he’s ever been to Victoria, but then again, I don’t think too many guys have, except for Dan Gendur and some of the guys who played for the Salmon Kings.

I don’t know how many of you know this, but I grew up there. Actually, Dan and I both grew up on the Island. I guess pretty much everyone likes the place they grew up, and I’m the same. I love Victoria.

I left here when I was 16 to go play junior hockey in Everett for the Silvertips. I move back to Victoria every summer to train, and I try to get out to Sooke as much as I can to do a little fishing on the lakes out there. We won’t have time to do anything like that – it’s going to be an intense week – but if we get a few hours, and anyone wants a tour, I’ll take a few guys down to the inner harbour. It’s amazing down there.

Now, I'm not saying that I don’t like Vancouver, it’s just that I haven’t seen a traffic jam in Victoria ever… well, you just don’t have them. It's slower there. I just like that I suppose.

<a href=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/ellington5_09062007_b.jpg target=_blank><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/ellington5_09062007_t.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=3 hspace=4></a>It’s going to be neat having my first pro camp there. For sure I’ll see family and friends, and be able to see my parents once more before I head down to Everett. It’ll be nice, and I’ll have a lot of support there I think.

Short term, I just wanted to get the first day over with and get through the testing. After that? I just want to get into camp and perform. I definitely feel pressure, but that motivates me. I had a hard summer of working out, and I think that’ll help.

My plan is to just go out there and get noticed.

I still have to shake my head every once in awhile: the Canucks, the NHL… It’s still not quite sinking in. </td></tr></table>

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Guest Guest_Erin_*

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Hey Taylor!

Best of luck to you during your rookie camp! While I can't speak for everyone, I'm sure they share the same metality in wishing both you and Dan all the best in your Rookie Camp!

Have fun and we'll see you when you get back to Everett

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Guest Guest_Ryan_*

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hey taylor ever heard of the colwood crawl...try driving from bear mountain to downtown vic between 730-9, its horrendous...haha...hope you have a good camp kid, us islanders are rooting for you

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Hey Taylor! Just wanted to send you and Danny some good luck on your first camps.

It's so cool that you're doing this blog. And I would love to be up on the Island in this weather too. :)

Have fun, work hard and stay healthy. We'll look forward to seeing you back down here soon!

Amy

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Guest Lisa P.

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Hey Taylor, I was pretty amazed when I heard a kid I went to school with made it to an NHL team, let alone the Canucks. I'm really happy for ya, buddy. But I have to agree with the comment about the Colwood crawl... and getting out of downtown at 5 PM is a truly hellish nightmare as well. Best of luck in camp, kick some butt for all of us Islanders.

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haha I was just about to say about the Collwood crawl, but I got beat to it twice :P You looked good out there today, and you make us Islanders proud! And definetly take the Nucks to the inner harbour, or just downtown in general, Government street would be pretty cool too if your into touristy things :P

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Guest Guest_Shannon_*

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heh Taylor- I am so sorry to be missing camp - I am seriously bummed but I have a message here (I'm in Winnipeg) that Aaron and the boys got out there to see (silenty worship!) you so that's good! I really hope that it is going well and that you are having a good time with all of this - suck it all up -you have hit the hockey lottery although I know you have set yourself new goals now - good for you!! ! Glad that your parents and your brother have been out there for support- as if they wouldn't be though - it just doesn't get any better than that!

Good luck in your last couple days of rookie camp!! I'll be thinking about you!!

Shannon

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Guest Guest_MAC_*

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:) well done today! and thanks for the updates here i know it must seem like alot to do, but hey its totally appreicated! we were up at the arena today and there was talk of all the kids who where there and missing school i was like awww come on its national canucks day! like how many times do we all get to get out there and show our love and support for the team... wishing you the best of luck!!! whoohoooo
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:) congratulations on making it into Vancouver Canuck hockey! Hope to see you on the ice soon sporting the awesome jersey! Hey you went to Claremont? I just started at Claremont and really enjoy it. So you were grad of 2006 then? My cousin also graduated from Claremont that year too. All the best with your hockey and good luck! Happy New Year :)
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