Five years has come and gone in a blink of an eye.
Headed into Hitmen training camp, Nick Schneider knew that he would be entering his last junior training camp, and it just so happened to be with a new team.
After being acquired earlier on in the off-season from the Medicine Hat Tigers, the Flames prospect was anxious to get out on the ice with his new teammates and fully enjoy the last training camp experience.
“Coming to a new team you want to meet the guys as soon as possible and mesh in with them and so far it’s been awesome, they’ve all been really welcoming,” Schneider said.
“It’s the perfect way to meet everyone, when you’re on the ice together and competing it’s a lot of fun.”
The move to Calgary is a fresh start for the 20-year-old netminder and he’s already looking forward to everything that Calgary has to offer, whether it be playing at the Scotiabank Saddledome or enjoying the city life.
“The city of Calgary is great, you can’t complain about living here and there’s a lot to look forward to in general,” Schneider said.
One of many perks for him he said was the fact that he won’t have to travel very far to take part in the Flames training camp in early September.
The goaltender is focused on leaving an impression during it now that Hitmen camp has come to a close, and hoping that the junior camp has helped him be more prepared for it and ready to show the Flames staff how much work he has put during the off-season.
“It’s going to be a nicer transition being in Calgary already,” Schneider said. “I won’t have to do any driving or flying. Camp with the Hitmen was good for many reasons for me and one of them is making sure I’m ready for Flames camp and I want to have my best showing there.”
And, as the regular season inches closer, Schneider is hopeful that he can show Hitmen fans what he brings and ready to take his game to another level, in the ultimate goal of winning the Ed Chynoweth Cup, making one last run at the league trophy.
“I wanted to get a little more consistency in my game and have been working on it,” Schneider said. “I was good down the stretches but I want to be more consistent and bring that on a nightly basis.
“Five years goes by really quick and I know I’m going into my last one but it’s an exciting time and we’re all ready to get the year going.”