With physical testing kicking off Boston’s 2013-14 Training Camp on Wednesday (before they hit the ice on Day 2), the players have worked themselves into their best physical shape, on and off the ice.
But, their mindsets need to be in order, as well. All of the physical tests take place in front of the B’s brass, so the sharpness and focus has to be in line.
"Oh man, the anxiety," Torey Krug said, when I asked him from a player’s perspective, what the emotions are heading into the first day of camp. "You prepare all summer. You know, I have so much confidence going into the testing that I’m going to do better than last summer and pass all of the tests, but there’s just something about it, with the management and coaching staff sitting there, watching the tests and it adds that little element to it."
"And your heart’s racing, and you expend a lot of energy. It’s a tough day, but everyone in here is prepared for it, so it’s something you look forward to."