Since the lockout began, many of the Coyotes have been holding training sessions, there but they decided to invite a few of their fellow NHL brothers out to join them to break up the monotony. The group of about 30 players was divided into two teams to participate in drills on two separate ice rinks before coming together for a friendly scrimmage. Of course, it’s unlike a typical NHL game with players finishing checks or having as much intensity, but the speed is there and it helps players stay in game shape, especially playing against someone other than the usual teammates.
It was also a chance for the fans to get a taste of what they’ve been missing, since the camp was open to the public.
Fans had a chance to see players like the ones at the camp held in Vail, Colo. back in October including Phoenix captain Shane Doan, Ryan Miller (Buffalo Sabres), Patrick Marleau (San Jose Sharks), Mike Komisarek (Toronto Maple Leafs), Ryan Whitney (Edmonton Oilers), Daniel Cleary (Detroit Red Wings), Steve Ott (Sabres), Brendan Morrow (Dallas Stars), Ray Whitney (Stars), Adrian Aucoin (Columbus Blue Jackets), Keith Yandle (Coyotes), Zbynek Michalek (Coyotes), Steve Sullivan (Coyotes) and Mike Smith (Coyotes).
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