Maine Hockey Journal

Competitive juices were flowing at camp

Lewiston, ME – The first morning of practice was intense. Players and coaches liked to see that type of competitiveness in the first day of practices.

“Very competitive,” said Don MacAdam, the Maineiacs President and Head Coach. “We like the size and skill. It seems like we have very skilled players. We practiced at a high tempo which is something we told the guys we wanted to have as part of camp.”

For Jordan Kennedy, who is participating in his first training camp he liked the speed of the practice.

“It felt good,” said Jordan Kennedy, “high paced hockey, fun hockey, all good quality shots. Everything is different but it will be a fun experience.”

Kennedy, a goaltender, was the Maineiacs second round selection in 2009. He’s coming off a hamstring injury which he suffered at Team Atlantic Under-17 selection camp back in July.

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“I was talking to the goaltending coach, Reg (Bourcier), he was telling me I was looking good.”

On the other end, Billy Lacasse is entering his third season with the Lewiston Maineiacs.

“There are a lot of young players,” mentioned Billy Lacasse. “Even if you are 19 or 18, you got to work hard every shift. Even now the practices are very hard compared to last year. It’s a good challenge for everybody.”

Unlike last year, there will be no off ice testing.

“There’s no testing so the coach is expecting everyone to be in shape, you have to because it’s a short camp and right after (pre) season starts (on Saturday),” Lacasse stated. It’s a big difference because we have more ice time instead of being outside. I think it’s pretty good.”

Samuel Finn will be entering his first full season with the Maineiacs after being traded to Lewiston at the trade deadline last season.

“I am happy be in the process of a winning team,” Samuel Finn said after his practice session. “I like the intensity and I can’t wait to see tonight in a game situation.”

Finn participated in Cape Breton’s camp last year; they split the rookies and veterans up.

“Last year we were skating all the veterans together and the rookies were together,” Finn pointed out. This year is a lot better because everybody is mixed up and we can start chemistry.”

Chemistry is another reason why Roger Shannon and Don MacAdam only brought 44 players in.

“Everyone has slightly different philosophy on training camp,” MacAdam said. “Ours is simply is let’s work hard over the summer and get a core of players in to make the team.”

MacAdam has seen chemistry already building.

“Tuesday night’s (team) barbeque with the billets, whole a bunch players are already friends. Two or three guys have played together in Montreal; two or three guys have played together in Quebec City and they are buddies. There’s chemistry building and we really wanted to build from that from day one.”

Notes: The first scrimmage is tonight at 7pm at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee. Live coverage begins on the Maine Hockey Journal at 6:30pm. Maineiacs open their pre-season schedule on Saturday in Drummondville against the Voltigeurs at 7:30pm. The Voltigeurs come to Lewiston on Sunday to finish off the home-home series. Face-off is at 4:00pm.

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