09/26/2011 8:38 AM - Mike Peck
Sunday marked the official opening of Rockford IceHogs training camp and to say that it was a “light” workout would be an understatement.
As of practice time Sunday (which was 1:30 p.m.), there were 28 players on Rockford’s training camp roster. Of those 28 skaters, 14 of them skated Sunday.
Now there was a method behind the madness, or lack of participants. All 14 players who participated were players who did not attended Blackhawks Training Camp. So Sunday was an opportunity for these guys to get on the ice and get a team skate in before Monday’s full practice. They were all try-out and AHL contracted players, so it was nice for them to get some ice time before practicing with players who have been on the ice for over a week now.
The roster will grow on Monday as it’s expected more cuts are on the way from Chicago.
It’s great to see the ice in and some action in the locker room. It’s been a long summer (but a good one!) and I am ready for some hockey.
A little side observation about the Blackhawks popularity right now…If you judge a team’s popularity or relevance by the amount of apparel worn in public, I’d say that the Blackhawks have a pretty good grip on this market.
I was out at Edward’s Apple Orchard on Saturday, and the easily most worn logo was the Blackhawks. More than the Bears, Packers, Cubs, Bulls or White Sox. And it wasn’t even close. Blackhawks gear was all over the place and it was great to see! I even saw some IceHogs garb floating around.
Now I know merchandise isn’t the best way to gauge a team’s popularity, but it was cool seeing so many people sporting Hawks and IceHogs stuff.
Back to IceHogs camp for second…Monday’s practice is getting split into two sessions because of the amount of players in camp. Once again, I can’t confirm how many above and beyond the 28 that were in camp on Sunday, but the coaching staff thought it would be best if there were two sessions.
Monday and Tuesday will probably be the longest two days for the boys leading into Wednesday preseason tilt at Carlson.
I’ll check back in later. In the meantime, checkout our Facebook page for photos from Sunday’s first day at camp.
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