September arrives with children heading back to school, football season and hockey waiting in the wings. Last year, it had to wait a long time, due to the lockout, but this year life is back to "normal."
All 30 teams around the league have their players and prospects reporting today, September 11. Twelve years ago, the Ducks opened their on-ice portion of training camp in a world that had suddenly become uncertain. It also put hockey in perspective - it was just a game.
Fans and players alike spent breaks crowded around TV screens, yearning for the most recent news. Twelve years later and hockey is still just a game, but it doesn't mean that it doesn't offer a great diversion.
For the Anaheim Ducks, this will be Teemu Selanne's last training camp as the 43 year old has said - one more year, but that's all folks.
Today players will be taking their physicals, photo shoots, and all the other rigamarole that goes into the season.
Tomorrow, September 12, the Ducks will finally get on the ice in the first of a four day camp. There is no time to get comfortable with the first pre-season game comeing on Monday, September 16 against the Phoenix Coyotes.
A full roster is linked here:
Training Camp Roster
From the roster, it appears that everyone who was at the prospect and rookie camp will at least get one look at the main camp. But after that, cuts will come quickly. The initial training camp schedule is as follows, with everything at Anaheim Ice (also affectionately known as Anaheim Iceberg, because that place will freeze your socks off).
Thursday, Sept. 12: Practice 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 13: Practice 10 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.; Scrimmage: 12 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 14: Practice 10 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.; Scrimmage: 12 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 15: Practice 10 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.; Scrimmage: 12 p.m.
Practices and scrimmages are open free to the public.