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Jack Capuano and the New York Islanders coaching staff kicked off this years training camp with a bang today. The Coaching staff ran what Matt Moulson described as “Probably hardest training camp day in my 6 years of pro.”

“This camp is going to be physically demanding,” Capuano said following the first day of camp. “Right from the start and right till the end. It separates the men from the boys and figure out who’s going to be in our line up on October 8.”

The players ran a “bag skate” type drill that was very reminiscent of the famous scene from the movie “Miracle.” 

The players the drill multiple times before they took a short break. The players returned to the ice and ran shooting drills. Following those drills the players endurance was once again tested as the coaching staff had each line do laps around the ice. By the end of it all the players looked wiped out.

“Today was a little bit tougher,” Kyle Okposo said about the days on ice session. “A skate test and practice with a little skate at the end. I thought the boys handled it well. We’re all pulling for each other and, obviously, we’re all excited it’s the first day of camp. So you have to push right on through days like these.

“Obviously its part of the game,” added Islanders defensemen Travis Hamonic. “You go in 29 other NHL dressing rooms right now everyone’s doing the same thing and that’s part of the job. That’s why we train hard all summer and want to make sure we come into training camp in good shape so we can test well.”

“Its that extra little bit that you can show the coaching staff that you want to be here and you have the work ethic to be here. These days maybe aren’t always the funnest days, but it’s part of the job and every one knows we have to do it.”

The players don’t take the ice again until Monday. Tomorrow they will have off-ice workouts.