SENATORS HOLD THEIR ANNUAL DEVELOPMENT CAMP FROM JULY 1-9
SEVEN PLAYERS ATTENDING SAW ACTION IN BINGHAMTON LAST SEASON
OTTAWA - With a list that includes two first round draft picks, a Memorial Cup winner and a world junior championship gold medalist, the Ottawa Senators released today the list of 26 players attending the annual development camp from July 1-9 at the Corel Centre and the Kanata Recreation Centre.
The players highlighting the camp include the Senators first round draft picks from the 2003 and 2004 entry drafts. Right winger Patrick Eaves, 2004 World junior championship gold medalist and Ottawa's first draft selection in 2003, is joined by defenseman Andrej Meszaros of Slovakia - the Senators' first pick, 23rd overall, from this past weekend in Raleigh, NC. The Slovak will travel from the draft with fellow picks Joe Cooper, Jeff Glass, Matthew McIlvane, Jim McKenzie, Shawn Weller and Roman Wick.
Among the other players, the club will see 2004 Memorial Cup champion and tournament most valuable player Kelly Guard, as well as Binghamton Senators prospects Neil Komadoski, Brian McGrattan, Jan Platil, Grant Potulny, Charlie Stephens, Billy Thompson and Greg Watson.
The development camp focuses on off-ice and on-ice training led by the Senators strength and conditioning coach Randy Lee, director of player personnel Anders Hedberg and Sarnia Sting head coach Shawn Camp. The camp will put the prospects through the team's training program, while allowing staff to assess the players and individualize their summer training programs.
Off the ice, the training includes sessions on Acceleration Ottawa's skating treadmill (Sat., July 3 and Wed., July 7) - the patented treadmill used to train players to lengthen and quicken their stride and increase agility. Acceleration Ottawa is located at the Corel Centre. On-ice at the Kanata Recreation Centre, the players will work on balance, explosive power, speed, agility and puck skills.
To complement their physical training, players will work on their sport psychology and mental skills, as well as team building activities and sport nutrition sessions.
Highlights of the Senators development camp schedule include:
• Daily on-ice training at the Kanata Recreation Centre (KRC) starting Friday, July 2.
• 3-on-3 tournaments at the KRC on July 5 (3 p.m.) and July 9 (9:30 p.m.).
• Acceleration Ottawa skating treadmill sessions at the Corel Centre July 3 and July 7 (9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.).
• Media availability is scheduled daily at the Corel Centre during off-ice workouts and at the KRC following on-ice practice sessions.
• For all other media requests, please contact Tim Pattyson (613-599-0329) in the Senators communications department.
Players scheduled to attend 2004 development camp:
No. Players Pos. 2003-04 Team (League)
30 Brian Elliott G University of Wisconsin (WCHA)
40 Jeff Glass G Kootenay (WHL)
32 Kelly Guard G Kelowna (WHL)
35 Billy Thompson G Binghamton (AHL)
55 Will Colbert D Ottawa (OHL)
57 Tim Cook D University of Michigan (CCHA)
59 Sergei Gimayev D Cherepovets Russia (WJC)
54 Mattias KarlssonD Brynäs IF (Sweden)
50 Neil Komadoski D Notre Dame (CCHA), Binghamton (AHL)
38 Andrej MeszarosD Trencin Slovakia (WJC and WHC)
61 Neil Petruic D U Minnesota-Duluth (WCHA)
47 Jan Platil D Binghamton (AHL)
58 Stefan Schauer D Koln (Germany)
67 Philippe Seydoux D Kloten Switzerland (WJC)
48 Danny Bois R London (OHL)
62 Joe Cooper R Miami of Ohio (CCHA)
44 Patrick EavesR Boston Coll (HE), USA (WJC)
65 Brock Hooton R St. Cloud State (WCHA)
56 Ossi Louhivaara R KooKoo (Finland)
46 Brian McGrattan R Binghamton (AHL)
64 Matthew McIlvane C Chicago (USHL)
63 Jim McKenzie R Sioux Falls (USHL)
53 Grant Potulny C U.of Minn (WCHA),Bing. (AHL)
37 Charlie Stephens C Hershey, Bing. (AHL), Colorado (NHL)
52 Greg Watson C Binghamton (AHL)
60 Shawn Weller L Capital District (EJHL)
66 Roman Wick W Kloten (Switzerland)
Highlights of the players coming to the development camp:
•Ten (10) players have attended a Senators development camp, in fact Hooton, Petruic and Platil are taking part in their third while Potulny and Komadoski are taking part in their fourth.
•Twenty-one (21) of the 27 players attending were Senators' draft picks.
•There is a seven-year age gap between the youngest player, Weller at 17, and the oldest, Potulny at 24.
•Guard won the Memorial Cup and was tournament MVP for the Kelowna Rockets.
•Eaves won a gold medal with the United States at the World Junior Championships.
•Meszaros was the youngest player at the 2004 World Hockey Championships.
•Potulny won an NCAA championship with the University of Minnesota in 2002 and 2003.
•Komadoski's father, Neil, was drafted by Los Angeles in 1971 and played 501 games for the Kings and St. Louis.
•Seven players saw AHL action in 2003-04: Komadoski, McGrattan, Platil, Potulny, Stephens, Thompson and Watson.