It was the first day of the Blackhawks' prospect camp, where players, new and old, get to showcase the hard work they have been putting in for most of their lives.
One of the Hawks' top prospects, John Hayden, wrote a blog about what he experienced today and all the excitement that comes with being at his first NHL prospect camp.
"We had a meeting last night where everyone, coaches and players, introduced themselves to each other," Hayden wrote. "It was good to get a feel for the staff and all of the other players before hitting the ice with them today. The older guys, who have been to this camp for several years now, did a really good job of welcoming the younger guys who were just drafted. They made us feel comfortable right away."
Hayden explained how excited he was to be able to have this opportunity in the city where he was born and all the hard work that he will need to put in during the duration of the camp.
The prospects even got a chance to meet the Stanley Cup, which gave the prospect "even more motivation to make it up to the show and actually compete for it."
Check out the full blog on the Blackhawks' website, here.