By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald
The Tri-City Americans took a team outing to the top of Badger Mountain last weekend. Veteran defenseman Justin Hamonic led the charge and assistant coach Dan Price brought up the rear.
It was just one of the team activities the Americans have had in the past week as the veterans and the younger players got to know one another during training camp.
“Those have been great,” Price said. “It integrates the younger guys with the older guys and creates a one-team dynamic as opposed to the two or three or four teams that sometimes run simultaneously through training camp. This brings everyone together and people get to know each other.”
Price said being the last one up the hill was somewhat by design.
“They were cruising pretty good,” Price said of the players. “Every time I looked up he (Hamonic) was leading the charge. A couple of times he stopped to wait for the rest of us to catch up. I’m definitely not in their type of physical condition. I wanted to observe and see everyone. See who was talking to whom and hang back and let them feel comfortable on their own as a team without feeling there was a coach circling around.”
The pace up the mountain has continued at the rink.