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Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 3:26 PM
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Ducks Off the Ice by Adam Brady
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The setting was different for the first day of training camp, but the sentiment was exactly the same:

Man, it was good to see the Ducks back on the ice again.

This year’s edition of camp was moved from its usual venue of The Rinks – Anaheim Ice to Honda Center, where more than 1,200 fans filled in a few sections of the lower level to watch the team go through a variety of drills. Unlike in past camps, the Ducks won’t scrimmage over the first two days, instead waiting until Monday morning to hold their first intrasquad games. (We have plans to stream that first scrimmage live on the website, so stay tuned for that.)

And after waiting through the always-long offseason to see anything resembling Ducks hockey, there were certainly some sights to see for the fans. Along with the usual crowd-rousers like Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Bobby Ryan, and the like, there were a handful of Ducks whose mere presence on the ice was extra satisfying. Of course, there was Teemu Selanne, who announced his return for one more season a mere two days ago. There was Jonas Hiller, who is battling back from the vertigo symptoms that kept him out of most of the second half of last season. There was Lubomir Visnovsky, who was hindered by two bad shoulders in last year’s postseason. (Afterward, Randy Carlyle said that Visnovsky told him he was "100 percent healthy" after Lubo just recently got back from good friend Pavol Demitra's memorial.) There was Matt Beleskey and Toni Lydman, two guys who underwent offseason shoulder surgery and were taking part in the practice, but in the red “no contact” jerseys for the time being.

The Ducks went through the day with two waves of players, with Group A getting out there around 9 a.m. with notables like Getzlaf, Perry, Fowler, Luca Sbisa and Dan Ellis. They ultimately headed in to make way for Group B, which had Ryan, Selanne, Hiller, Visnovsky and George Parros, among others. Each of the bigger guys got a reaction from the crowd when they stepped on the ice (louder for Selanne and even louder for Hiller), with Parros earning some extra love when he gave fans a swinging fist pump as he skated from the bench area.

Among the more entertaining drills was one where players went through a one-on-one race where they skated through cones in their own end of the rink, then sprinted to center ice to pick up a puck at the red line. The skater who got their first got on a breakaway against a Ducks goalie. At one point, Getzlaf beat Perry to the puck by such a distance, he had a little fun by skating backwards as Perry chased him, before firing a shot.

Meanwhile, there were the youngsters like Emerson Etem, Devante Smith-Pelly, Kyle Palmieri and Andrew Gordon, each of whom will be looking to nab a spot in this camp over the next few days.

The Ducks will be at it again tomorrow morning at Honda Center, again open to the public.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 49 32 11 6 146 130 70
2 NSH 47 31 10 6 145 112 68
3 STL 47 30 13 4 153 115 64
4 CHI 48 30 16 2 151 112 62
5 WPG 50 26 16 8 140 127 60
6 SJS 49 26 17 6 137 135 58
7 VAN 46 26 17 3 124 118 55
8 CGY 49 26 20 3 140 127 55
9 LAK 48 21 15 12 133 129 54
10 DAL 48 22 19 7 152 157 51
11 COL 49 20 18 11 128 141 51
12 MIN 48 22 20 6 131 138 50
13 ARI 48 17 25 6 111 161 40
14 EDM 49 13 27 9 113 162 35

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 48 15 35 10 50
R. Kesler 49 13 19 -2 32
C. Perry 34 19 12 15 31
S. Vatanen 49 10 20 3 30
M. Beleskey 48 19 7 12 26
P. Maroon 41 6 18 2 24
C. Fowler 48 5 18 4 23
H. Lindholm 48 5 16 13 21
J. Silfverberg 49 6 13 2 19
K. Palmieri 25 10 6 0 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 27 6 5 .919 2.22
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28

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