With the regular season just four days away the Ottawa Senators decided to take in some basic training at CFB Petawawa.
The Senators spent much of Sunday experiencing many of the training methods of today's military and then spent Monday morning on the ice.
"We did several activities yesterday and it was great for the guys," said Senators coach Cory Clouston. "We did the obstacle course, we did a march and we did a relay race. I don't think they want us to call them tanks, I think they call them LAV's (light armored vehicles) and we actually beat their time so the guys were pretty happy about that. And then we did some repelling, I think it was a 65-foot tower. It was a good time. We really enjoyed ourselves. It nice to kind of see what our soldiers have to go through. Obviously it's just a small portion of their activities."
The experience was a great opportunity for the players to have some fun and relax before the rigours of the regular season get underway.
"We haven't stopped laughing," said Mike Fisher. "We've had a lot of laughs. Guys have had a really good time and that's what you need coming into the season. Get everyone together and loosen everyone up a little bit."
Fisher enjoyed having the opportunity to spend some quality time with his teammates, as well as experiencing some basic training exercises.
"It's been a lot of fun. We got to do a lot of neat things, a lot of stuff we've never done before or seen," said Fisher. "Physically some of the stuff is challenging. A lot of team stuff."
With the final 23-man roster in place Clouston now has the task of finalizing lines. As it stands it appears we will see the following combinations for the top two lines: Jason Spezza-Milan Michalek-Daniel Alfredsson; and Mike Fisher-Nick Foligno-Alex Kovalev.
Fisher skipped today's workout, but says he will be ready to go for the start of the season.
"Just taking a day off, my trigger finger was a little sore from yesterday," said Fisher laughing. "I'll be ready. I had a few things going on. I have all week to get ready and prepare. I don't expect any problems I'll be good to go."
The Senators open the regular season Friday as they host the Buffalo Sabres.