Fans Flock to Honda Center for First Day of Ducks Camp

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Fans Flock to Honda Center for First Day of Ducks Camp
“We were talking earlier about how the fans have all the right to be angry and not to come out here," Selanne said. "But to see so many people, especially here in California, it’s huge. It makes you feel very good."
By Adam Brady
AnaheimDucks.com


If there ever was any indication of how hungry Ducks fans were for the return of hockey in Orange County, it was more than apparent this afternoon at Honda Center.

More than 2,500 fans flocked to the home of the Ducks for the long-awaited opening of training camp, and were treated to two spirited practice sessions followed by an entertaining 20-minute Q&A with coach Bruce Boudreau. And the Ducks threw in free hot dogs and sodas for everyone in attendance.

Day 1 Photo Gallery
Post-Practice Video

The presence of those fans – both in numbers and enthusiasm – didn’t go unnoticed by the guys on the ice.

“That was awesome,” said Teemu Selanne, who not surprisingly got the biggest ovation when he hit the ice for the start of practice. “We were talking earlier about how the fans have all the right to be angry and not to come out here. But to see so many people, especially here in California, it’s huge. It makes you feel very good.

“I’m so happy all of this is over, because the fans are so important for us. Especially for myself, I’ve always had a very special relationship with the fans, so it was awesome to see so many of them here today. “

Cam Fowler, the 21-year-old defenseman embarking on his third training camp in Anaheim, echoed Selanne’s sentiment.

“It’s great to have their support after everything they’ve gone through,” he said. “Just coming out here and hearing them cheer when you step on the ice is pretty exciting. It speaks to the loyalty of our fans and how much they support us. I just want to thank them for sticking around and they should know we will be giving 110 percent for them this year.”

"We’re just really grateful that as many of them did come out today," Boudreau said. "I think that’s really cool for a Sunday with two playoff football games on, and to see a few a few thousand people out there watching you practice, it’s really good.”
As a huge sports fan himself, Boudreau said he could empathize with the fans during the past few months. “If I wasn’t allowed to see Notre Dame … or the Yankees play, I’d be really bummed out. So I understand their pain. We’re just really grateful that as many of them did come out today. I think that’s really cool for a Sunday with two playoff football games on, and to see a few a few thousand people out there watching you practice, it’s really good.”

So much focus is on the players getting back on the ice, the coaches – who are clamoring for action just as much as the guys in uniform – almost go unnoticed. But Boudreau was elated to get out there barking orders again.

“I love it,” he said during a lengthy session with media after practice. “That's why I'm a little talkative today. I've got six months bottled up in me.

"It’s what we do. This is my 38th year, and to miss the first part of it, it was killing me. I can’t wait for the games to come on most days. And I can’t wait to get home tonight and read on the internet about how everyone did in camp instead of reading about the CBA. That’s put behind us, and let’s get excited about the game again.”

More from Selanne:
On the first day of camp,
“It was fun. It was a good way to start. Obviously we won’t have too much time to get ready, so every day is important right now. It was good to be out there with the boys. There is a lot of hard work ahead, but it’s fun.”

"I still feel good, and I’m very excited about this team. Expectations are high."
On dealing with the lockout,
"It was like a rollercoaster. Once in awhile you thought things were getting close, and the next day it was not. Mentally, that was the hardest part because you didn’t know what was going to happen. The worst thing was not knowing what was going on and how long it would last. There were days when I’d drive to the rink and there were only three or four guys skating and you feel like you’re wasting your time. But certainly you try to stay positive and optimistic, and I’m so happy everything came together."

On last year’s tough start to the season,
"We need to remind each other about what happened last year and try to get those feelings back. You don’t want to go through that experience again. It was just a nightmare at times.  A lot of times early in the season you go to the east coast and don’t think those points are as important. Now, it’s not the case. We play against our conference only and every point is huge. It’s going to go all the way to the end, and you have to grind out every point. One point can be the difference in making the playoffs or not."

On the compacted schedule,
"Hopefully this will be good for the old guy. But saying that, this schedule is going to be very challenging for everybody, because recovery time is going to be so short. But I still feel good, and I’m very excited about this team. Expectations are high."

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48

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