<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>