According to Valentino Hernandez, head coach for the Oilers, training camp is a vital element to the success of the group. He explained that it sets the tone for the season and physically prepares the players. This is Hernandez’s first season as head coach, and he looks to step up the play for the Oilers
“The goal is to have the players’ bodies in good physical condition prior to the start of the season. It is also important that the team becomes acquainted with one another and the team begins to come together as one unit,” said Hernandez.
There were a total of 31 players in attendance early Sunday morning. The day began with conditioning, which entailed strength, agility, quickness and endurance, on and off the ice. The classroom work included team play and strategy, as well as health and nutrition. The day concluded in the afternoon with team activities, which were geared toward helping the group achieve unity.
Hernandez added that the players look forward to the training camp, despite the physical demands. Generally, they understand how important the preparation is to their success. Likewise, the camp gives the coaching staff an opportunity to gauge where the players are individually.
“The first day of training camp went very well. The players worked hard throughout the four hours of exercises the coaching staff had planned out for them,” Hernandez said, noting he was looking forward to the next day of camp. “After day one of training camp, I am pleased with the work ethic thus far. I am excited for the season opener in Chicago Sept. 21. I feel the team will be in great shape by that time and will have had ample time to become familiar with each other and our team strategy.”
Training camp will remain consistent until it concludes at the end of the month, focusing on mostly the same elements that comprised the first day. Ice sessions will begin soon and Hernandez said the players will have fewer days of camp the last two weeks to assure they are recovering from the workouts.
“The community can look forward to a high level of competitive ice hockey here in Wooster. The 2012-13 Wooster Oilers are comprised of players from Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Russia. When attending an Oilers game this season, the community can expect to watch an entertaining, fast-paced physical ice hockey game,” Hernandez said.
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Published: August 15, 2012