<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/kesler_blog.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=2 hspace=6>After five training camps, what’s different about it is that I feel more comfortable this year. All of the other years, I didn’t really know all the guys that well and this year is kind of like family and coming home.
Every year, they change the systems a lot so there’s still something to learn every year, which is good because it keeps us on our toes. You’ve got to pay attention every year because there are always little things that they change.
Something I’ve noticed in particular this year is that there’s a lot of skill this year, there are a lot of young guys that are good. Watch out for my roommate Mason, he’s going to be good for a while.
<a href=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/sep1407_camp20_b.jpg target=_blank><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/sep1407_camp20_t.jpg border=0 align=right vspace=1 hspace=4></a>I think that the worst part of camp is the testing but once that’s over with you can relax a little bit and enjoy being back on the ice again. The first day’s always hard because you’re trying to adjust getting back to the on ice training.
You don’t normally skate that hard or that intense in the summer and it’s hard to get that kind of practice during that time. The first day is always hard to get back into it but after that, it’s easy.
Just to get back into the swing of things and just to get back on the ice with the guys, it just seems like it’s been forever since I’ve skated with them with how my season ended last year. It feels good to get back out there and skate with them.
After practice yesterday, I didn’t actually end up going outside or enjoying much of the sun unfortunately, a couple of us just ended up sitting around the hotel. We didn’t do much at all, which sounds kind of lame, I know but we worked hard all day. We went to the Copper Rock Grill for dinner back at the hotel and that was about it.
Tomorrow I get to play my first game in a while so I’m definitely excited for that. It’ll be fun to see what the younger guys can do out there. It’s always fun to have a little competition after a long summer.
<a href=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/sep1407_camp17_b.jpg target=_blank><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/sep1407_camp17_t.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=1 hspace=4></a>Even though I’ve played in some games in the past already, it’s still competitive and fun. I think it’s going to be a good time out there. I’m excited to play with a couple of the young guys out there and it’ll be good to get a chance to play with some of the newer guys on the team too.
Overall, it’s been a good training camp and I can’t wait for the season to start. </td></tr></table>