October 01, 2017

Warmth of pre-season warms up players

When one of road hockey’s most senior players warns of the perils of missing training camp, it’s best to heed his admonishment.

It would be easy for Colonel to sit back for another couple of weeks to conserve his energy for the long regular season ahead. But he was one of only four players to report to the court Sunday for the first of two training camp sessions.

It should have been a game. Instead the wily veteran, along with Bam Bam, Nouvelle Guy and fellow founding father Living Legend, honed their shots and worked on breakout drills.

Colonel said it was important not to just walk away.

“I think what guys don’t understand is when you play at this level, you can’t really afford to miss training camp,” said the feisty forward. “They just get so far behind and it’s frustrating when you play in subsequent weeks and you’re fully on your game while they’re out there like sitting ducks.”

That was a fate Bam Bam wanted to avoid.

After he missed the midsummer scrimmage in mid-August, he was determined to report to camp to get his game back.

“You always try to find your rhythm and timing,” said Bam Bam. “It’s good to get familiar again with the guys, the stick and the courts.”

Colonel said the laid back opening to training camp was especially disappointing because of the ideal playing conditions.

“The weather is fantastic right now.”

Bam Bam said after last season’s snow and ice cost the roadsters nine weeks of their season, it’s important to make every opportunity to play count.

“We play most of the season in wet, damp conditions, so any time you get dry conditions you’ve got to take advantage,” said Bam Bam. “You never know how many days you’re going to get out of the season.”

Still, for the roadsters who did get in a workout on Sunday, they’ll likely be a little sharper, a little more in sync when the games start for real on Oct. 15.

“You think of it as a warmup,” said Bam Bam. “It’s always good to get warmed up.”

Posted by jaysuburb at October 1, 2017 10:02 PM

Come PFG!!

Posted by: lakattack at October 15, 2017 09:13 AM

Man, you are getting old PFG if you can't remember that ;-)

Posted by: Living Legend at October 15, 2017 12:09 AM

what time does the game start again?

Posted by: pfg at October 14, 2017 11:19 PM

Of course PFG!

Posted by: The Colonel at October 14, 2017 09:04 PM

that should say PFG :)

Posted by: pfg at October 14, 2017 05:50 PM

any room for an old-timer :)?

Posted by: Peter Grier at October 14, 2017 05:50 PM


Come out on Sunday and I will tell you how you can attend a free Canuck game: Nov 1 against the New Jersey devils.

No joke-its a promotional event through work! Tickets are limited.

Posted by: lakattack at October 12, 2017 03:14 PM

Hi Colonel,

Are you able to contact Twiz to see if he is coming out on Sun.

Anybody know how to contact kid? Kid you coming this Sun!

We need to get some chatter going to make sure we have lots of bodies for Sun.

Cleve, Ohio, Coach, Wink, Doo, Scoob, YAKKKER, Hoss, Holt anybody????

Posted by: lakattack at October 11, 2017 03:46 PM

Big D and i are headed there with goalie equipment if anyone shows up

Posted by: Nouvelle at October 8, 2017 10:05 AM

I'm a late scratch as well; family duties. Should be there for the regular season opener.

Posted by: Living Legend at October 8, 2017 08:23 AM

Sorry Folks,
I can't make it afterall as I have to take my son to his baseball game. Sorry about that.
Hope you have a decent turnout. I will be there next week.
Happy Thanksgiving,
The Colonel

Posted by: The Colonel at October 8, 2017 08:05 AM

Big D and I will be there

Posted by: Nouvelle at October 7, 2017 09:03 PM

That's awesome! Is the comish on board???

I will be there!! Who else????

Posted by: lakattack at October 5, 2017 08:18 PM

Going to be a beautiful day Sunday!
Looking forward to a good game!

Posted by: The Colonel at October 4, 2017 07:21 PM

Recovering from a nasty bug! Will there next Sun if we are playing-long weekend!

Posted by: lakattack at October 2, 2017 01:26 PM