<table width=90% align=center><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>I’m not going to lie, the first day on the ice was intimidating.
I set the alarm for 7:05, but it was one of those nights where you’re rolling around because you’re worried about sleeping through it. I think I finally rolled out about 7:15.
It was fairly quiet at breakfast this morning. Everyone was on the shuttle by 7:50 and we were at the rink and in the room just a little after 8:00.
The jersey was staring me right in the face as soon as I walked in. That was really neat to see.
<a href=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/rookiecamp3_09072007_b.jpg target=_blank><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/rookiecamp3_09072007_t.jpg border=0 align=right vspace=3 hspace=4></a>I settled down, taped my stick and we all went through some stretching. I think everyone pretty much calmed down once we got into the routine.
To be honest, I’m not sure what time we finally got on the ice, but that was an eye opener. They’re men out there, and it was pretty intense. I think I held my own pretty good.
Man, you really get an idea of how good some of these guys are when you’re out there one-on-one. Jannik Hansen was really fast and strong. Talk about a good pick, where did he go? Like 280th or something? Nope, 287th, I just checked.
But yeah, the skill level is a lot different than junior. I mean everyone’s really, really good. Big difference in coaching too. I’m still getting used to it. In Everett I had a coach who yells a lot. All the guys today (Barry Smith, Scott Arniel, Mike Kelly, Ian Clark) were really friendly. If you made a mistake, they come up and tell you and try to help you out. I liked that a lot.
<a href=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/ellington1_09072007_b.jpg target=_blank><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/ellington1_09072007_t.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=3 hspace=4></a>It’s weird, I haven’t dealt with the media too much all of the sudden there’s a big crowd of reporters waiting to talk to you. It’s pretty neat actually. Most of it’s pretty good – asking about my family and friend (yes, my parents and my brother were at the rink today, and yes, that was a big boost).
I think my family was probably more nervous than I was – I know my dad was.
But yeah, the whole media thing is kind of strange.
The roommates got switched now that we’re in Victoria and Martin and I were split up. Now I’m with Patrick Coulombe. That’s cool. He’s a great guy, and it’s good to have a partner around who has played in the show. Just good too see what he does and how he handles things.
Don’t know what we’re up to this afternoon. I’ll probably just head back to the hotel and have a nap or something. Get rested up for tomorrow. That's going to be a big day. Warm-up is officially over.