Re: Rookie Camp
posted at 9/8/2013 8:12 AM EDT
Just rolled out of bed...almost five hour driving each way to the game...it was nice to get a "hockey-fix". I met Peter Chiarelli in front of the arena....that was a thrill. I felt like a dope. He was nice enough to stop and take a moment when I looked dead at him and said...Peter Chiarelli? and he stopped and shook my hand...all I could say is "thank you for the cup"...ugh, what a dork. LOL
Anyway, If you could seat 200 in there it was probably allot...not optimal to view the game unfortunately, so my comments are not going to be as good as someone else i.e media that was on the upper level center ice...no one allowed up there. Hey, free admission, free parking...anything I got to see was worth the drive...
I still don't know who scored for the B's.
Spooner by far looked the best...agile, quick hands, pushed the play.
Others took turns getting involved...Camara, Knight, Lindblad. Koko is pretty quick...deceptive with nifty hands...shifty player.
B's did not win a fight...saw Camara gamely go with a bigger guy that overpowered him.
When the B's were winning (first period) they were really hitting and taking the play to the Panthers...they seemed to ease up, not sure why and it allowed the Panthers back in...
Seemed like Dempsey was looking for a dance partner and no one on the Panthers wanted any part of him...he tried and tried.
Trotman and Cross were far better than the other d-men...Morrison played the whole game, allowed a softy glove side and the B's d let a guy walk in from the corner, dipsy doodle and five hole for the fifth goal...I was not impressed with him at all...B's lost 5 - 4.
Some dude in skinny jeans kept standing in front of a bunch of us...I laughed and thought it might be one of the bloggers from this site...not sure who though...strangely he wanted to spend more time talking to some other guy, texting and drinking a micro brew...could have been cider...
The stadium reminded me a bit of the Skate Three in Tyngsboro...but with only two rinks and not nearly the set up...still, for Florida, it was very nice.
If you were a real hockey geek...draftnik, this would have been the place to be...all te prospects were out and mingling...stretching, kicking a soccer ball around, running etc...
I bleed hockey, but I don't know these kids up close. My daughter thinks Camara, Cross and Griffith are the cutest...Griffith needs to grow...looked like a boy among men...
We have some pic's...I will try to post them later.
Sorry for the lousy report. I also wanted a Tourney T shirt...none to be had...another missed marketing opportunity...they just don't seem to get it down here...
I found a more professional link about the game for everyone.
In response to BadHabitude's comment:
Anybody out there?
Maybe even Fluto or Dups want to tell us what happened at the rookie games?
knock knock knock.
Is anyone alive?