On The Hunt - Sep.15.07
<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/raymond_blog.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=3 hspace=4>I’m looking forward to the intrasquad game tomorrow. Since it is my first training camp and I’ve never participated in one of these games, I’m not really sure what to expect.
I don’t know who I’m playing with yet but whoever they pair me up with, I’ve got to make work so it doesn’t really matter who I’m playing with. Whatever comes my way, I’ll be ready for. Besides with a this group of guys, it really doesn’t matter who I play with, they’re all great so it’ll be good no matter what.
I don’t think too much into the game. For me, tomorrow’s just another day and I just want to be ready and prepare myself mentally and physically. I want to make sure I can play my best.
<a href=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/sep1507_camp08_b.jpg target=_blank><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/sep1507_camp08_t.jpg border=0 align=right vspace=3 hspace=4></a> Tomorrow will be fun but I’m fighting for a spot still so I’ve got to work my hardest, play my hardest but at the same time I do want to go out there and have fun. I just need to make sure I keep my focus and remember what I’m here for.
Growing up in Alberta and being from so close to Calgary, I grew up as a Flames’ fan, naturally. But as soon as I got drafted by Vancouver, I changed my mind pretty quickly. Besides, who wouldn’t be a Canucks fan right? Obviously, I’ll still check on Calgary from time to to time but ultimately, my heart is all in Vancouver now.
As a kid my favourite player was Theo Fleury and Gary Roberts just because they were both really good but I was asked if I emulate my game after anybody but I don’t think so. I’d like to think that I play like myself and that I’m just me. I’d like to be an individual so hopefully that’s what comes across to the coaches when I’m out there.
<a href=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/sep1507_camp06_b.jpg target=_blank><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/sep1507_camp06_t.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=3 hspace=4></a> Speaking of home…
What I miss a lot if hunting. I always went out with my dad when I was younger and he would hunt deer and moose and birds and stuff. I guess I just followed in his footsteps and I got into it when I was about 10 years old.
Unfortunately, hunting season is only about three months of the year in September, October, and November so it conflicts with hockey season and obviously hockey outweighs the hunting.</td></tr></table>