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Asadourian, owner and founder of Future Fitness Sport Specific
Training, will hold it’s
6th Annual Pro Hockey Camp
Skating Center in Cromwell, August 22rd – 26th. More than thirty
high level hockey players from around the country and Canada will
participate in four days of intense strength training and on-ice
work. The goal of the camp is to focus on the development of their
strength, speed, endurance, flexibility, mental toughness and
overall conditioning to prepare each athlete for their upcoming
Yale head coach, Keith Allain, and head coach of South Windsor High School, Neil Rodman, will serve as on-ice instructors. Keith has coached in the NHL all over the world with some of the best hockey players in the world.
The week will end with a Scrimmage Hockey Game that is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC on Friday night, August 26th, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Champions Skating Center (lower rink), 6 Progress Drive, Cromwell. A $2 donation will be collected at the door. All sports fans are invited to attend this fun event.
Receive autographs from players
before and after the game. Player’s memorabilia and other items will
be raffled off.
Following are just a few of the players who will be in attendance this year:
August 27, 2010
Photo finish for pro hockey scrimmage
by Andrew Lovell/New Britain Herald
Maybe it’s not on par with Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting
streak, but Chris Davis has a streak of his own that he’s quite
For the fifth straight year, Davis came out on the winning end of the end-of-week scrimmage at Pete Asadourian’s Pro Hockey Camp.
Davis scored the game-winning goal as time expired, giving Team Gold a come-from-behind 7-6 win Friday night at Cromwell’s Champions Skating Center.
“Actually I’ve never lost in the Friday game, so I’m happy to keep that streak going,” Davis said.
Davis, a forward on the Wheeling Nailers, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ AHL affiliate, took a perfect pass from Matt Generous and unleashed a slap shot from 20 feet out, beating Team Blue goalie Nolan Schaefer as the final second expired.
“It was a great pass from my fellow captain Matt Generous with a couple seconds left,” Davis said. “I just talked to him in the locker room, he said he didn’t know how much time he had when he fed it up to me. I just beared down and shot the puck on the net, wasn’t really planning on picking a spot.”
The back-and-forth game, which consisted of two, 25-minute running halves, proved to be entertaining for the crowd of 300 or so on hand.
Gold jumped out to a big lead, going up 3-0 barely six minutes into the scrimmage.
But Ron Hainsey, of the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers, Jon DiSalvatore and the rest of the Blue crew battled back, cutting the lead to 5-3 on a perfectly-executed one-timer by Hainsey.
Glastonbury native Joe Dabkowski, a member of the FHL’s Danbury Whalers, turned in the individual highlight of the first half, taking a long pass from a teammate, deking to his right before ultimately slipping a shot past Gold goalie Ryan Donovan on the left side of the net.
That highlight-reel score cut Gold’s lead to 5-4 at the half.
The second half, however, made the first half look like an offensive showcase.
Schaefer, a goalie in the Boston Bruins’ system, and Adam Roy, currently playing at Holy Cross, took over in the nets and turned in solid performances.
Dabkowski tied the game at 5-5 with a goal four minutes into the second half.
Hainsey went five-hole on Roy to put Blue ahead, but Gold answered with a tally from Farmington native and Anaheim Ducks center Nick Bonino.
The final eight minutes would go scoreless, until Davis finally broke through.
“It was fun,” Hainsey said. “I’m not sure what happened, I’m not pointing any fingers at the end there.”
The spirited scrimmage wrapped up another successful week of Asadourian’s camp.
Asadourian, the owner and founder of Future Fitness Sport Specific Training, couldn’t have been happier with the results.
“Davis putting a goal in last minute, it was unbelievable,” Asadourian said. “Davis MVP, hands down for that. ... It’s exciting and the atmosphere here is great. The guys really put forth the effort. I think a lot of the guys know that this is a big week for me and that this is a good thing for us as far as our business.”
After the game, Asadourian acknowledged Gregg Johnson, a Windsor native and former Ottawa Senators draft pick who recently announced his retirement from hockey.
Johnson, who attended Asadourian’s camp the first four years and played in all five scrimmages, acknowledged Asadourian and the crowd in return.
“Gregg’s a class act,” Asadourian said. “He’s been with me for 10 years and not only is he a client, but he’s a friend.”
Raffle tickets were sold for a Future Fitness jersey signed by all the players at the camp this year.
Asadourian and company also held silent auctions for a handful of items, including hockey sticks signed by Jon DiSalvatore and future Hall-of-Famer Chris Chelios, autographed pictures of hockey great Guy LeFleur and “Boom Boom” Geoffrion, a bottle of limited edition Wayne Gretzky Cabernet/Merlot, and a signed, game-worn Nick Bonino camp jersey.
Between the two teams there was a distinct local flavor, including Bonino and Wethersfield native and Edmonton Oiler Colin McDonald.
McDonald, who scored his first career NHL goal last season, netted a handful of tallies Friday night in one of his final tuneups before training camp.
“It’s hard, especially for the older guys, to get together and see each other during the season because we’re playing for different teams,” McDonald said. “A lot of us grew up playing together, so it’s a good reunion week. ... Every year we have a couple more professional guys playing in it. When we started this I was still in college, I was drafted, but never played any pro games. Now we five, six, maybe even more professional guys.”
Other locals included Farmington’s Jordan Haviland and Dustin Rider, Southington’s Chris Lembo and Dave Bauchiero, Rocky Hill’s Nick Lanza and Wethersfield’s David Hallisey, all young players.
“I think if anything it’s great for them because they get to experience a higher pace of play,” Davis said of the young players. “The higher up you get, the faster the game gets, so for them it was definitely a big step the first couple of days. But as the week went on, they adjusted to it.”
All of the proceeds from Friday night will go toward the Above the Rim Foundation, which provides scholarships for student-athletes, and Hockey Ministries, which provides chapel services for the AHL.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Pro hockey players hit the ice
by Andrew Lovell/New Britain Herald
CROMWELL — Chris Davis can
still remember the first year of the Pete Asadourian Pro Hockey
The players’ jerseys — if they had them at all — didn’t match. There were no outside sponsors to speak of. It was, to a degree, a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants operation.
But five years later, a lot has changed.
“I’ve been here for all five years and I can remember the first year we didn’t even have jerseys necessarily that were matching,” Davis said. “Now we have some nice Tackla-represented jerseys, we have Nike sponsoring the shirts, so we definitely look sharp.”
The players might be looking sharper now, but more importantly, Asadourian and Yale head coach Keith Allain have them training and conditioning more thoroughly than ever before.
The annual camp, an offshoot of Asadourian’s Future Fitness Sport Specific Training held at Champions Skating Center in Cromwell, runs from Monday to Friday during the final week of August to coincide with the mid-September starts of various NHL and AHL training camps.
Asadourian, the owner and founder of Future Fitness — which just celebrated its 11th year in business — and current Rocky Hill boys basketball coach, has developed relationships with dozens of local athletes over the years, including Wethersfield’s Colin McDonald, who was Asadourian’s first hockey client.
From there, McDonald helped bring in more players over the years to the point where now, for tonight’s annual end-of-week scrimmage, roughly 30 players will suit up in a battle for bragging rights.
That group of 30 includes McDonald, who scored his first NHL goal for the Edmonton Oilers last season, Ron Hainsey of the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers, Farmington native and current Anaheim Duck Nick Bonino, Davis, a forward on the Wheeling Nailers, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ AHL affiliate, and Matt Generous, a Cheshire native currently signed to the Buffalo Sabres’ AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates.
“The biggest thing is that these guys are out there and they’re just trying to make each other better, as well as themselves,” Asadourian said.
The agenda for each day of the camp is the same.
The players start off with a morning breakfast, followed by warm ups and stretching. From there, Asadourian moves on to agility and core plyometric workouts until about 10:30 a.m.
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the players take to the ice under the instruction of Allain and South Windsor High School hockey coach Neil Rodman.
“He really makes the camp,” Asadourian said of Allain. “That’s a huge component to this camp is the ice. The strength and conditioning is great, but when you add the facet of the ice in there, that’s a whole different component. That’s really why the guys are coming because they know Keith is out there and Keith does a great job for us.”
After the on-ice workouts, the players conclude the day with protein supplementation, strength training and lunch, in that order.
“We set our expectations high in the beginning of the week to really mentally and physically prepare these guys for the start of their camps and the start of their seasons,” Asadourian said.
That includes taking care of the players in a professional manner.
“Every amenity they can think of, from their laundry being done to their skates being sharpened to as much protein and supplementation as they need,” Asadourian said. “Whatever they want. You name it and we’ll try and provide it for them. They’re spoiled, for the most part, when they go to their clubs and their teams, so we want that same feel here.”
Massage therapy and chiropractic work, courtesy of Newington’s Damato Chiropractic, are also readily available for the players.
Asadourian has focused on not only bringing in local players, but also looking outside the immediate area for others that might be interested.
Goalie Matt Zaba, a Saskatchewan native, had trained at Champions during his time with the Hartford Wolf Pack. Zaba saw time in the net for the New York Rangers in one game last season, but will be headed to Italy this season.
Zaba also praised the presence of Allain.
“He’s a great hockey mind,” Zaba said. “It helps having a high-quality person like that running the drills, running the practices. Obviously he’s got great credentials.”
Rob Bellamy, a free agent who most recently played for the Philadelphia Flyers’ AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms, returned for a second go-round this summer.
“I came here last year and I thought it was great,” Bellamy said. “The practices were high-tempo, really got me conditioned for the upcoming year.
One of the bigger local names at the camp is Bonino, a former standout at Farmington High School and Avon Old Farms.
Bonino, who played in nine games with the Ducks toward the end of last season, is listed as Anaheim’s No. 1 center of the team’s official depth chart.
Still, the 22-year-old Bonino is taking nothing for granted as he prepares for his first NHL training camp.
“It’s a nervous excitement going to your first training camp, but it’s hockey, so I’m just going to go out there and do what I’ve done all my life and work as hard as I can to try and win a roster spot,” said Bonino, who has attended Asadourian’s camp the last four summers.
Jon DiSalvatore is another veteran of all five Asadourian camps. DiSalvatore, a South Windsor native who has spent time with the St. Louis Blues, Phoenix Coyotes and now Minnesota Wild organizations, has been training with Asadourian for the last decade.
“To be honest, it’s even more,” DiSalvatore said. “It’s harder than a pro camp, you’re going much longer than a pro camp would go for, so it’s very good to kind of shock your body and get your body to that level. This is definitely what you need to prepare yourself going forward.”
Though this year’s scrimmage won’t feature guys like Eric Boguniecki — last year’s MVP — and Greg Johnson, who both retired, there will still be plenty of big names and excitement.
The blue and gold squads, which are split up every year on the first day of the camp, have been battling each day in preparation for tonight’s scrimmage.
“Gold had a tough loss on Thursday,” Bonino said. “We had their number all week and then they came storming back. So tomorrow night, each team’s getting a couple ringers coming in, so it’s going to be a good game, it’ll be fun and hopefully Gold comes out on top.”
The scrimmage, as it is every year, is open the public. It is asked that each fan provide a donation of $2 at the door.
All of the proceeds will go toward the Above the Rim Foundation, which provides scholarships for student-athletes, and Hockey Ministries, which provides chapel services for the AHL.
“I don’t think people know that there are NHL and AHL players that live right under their nose,” Asadourian said. “This a great opportunity to come out. If you’re a hockey fan, you need to come out and see this game.”
“It’s a great week,” Allain said. “If I was a local, elite hockey player, I’d be calling Pete next spring and making sure I got involved with this camp.”
Dropping the puck
What: Fifth Annual Pete Asadourian Pro Hockey Camp Scrimmage
When: Tonight, 6 p.m.
Where: Champions Skating Center, Cromwell
Price: $2 donation at door
The Skinny: Team Blue will look to defend its title against team gold in the annual battle for bragging rights. The game is open to fans and will feature top-level hockey talent in Ron Hainsey, Colin McDonald, Nick Bonino and Jon DiSalvatore, among many others.