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Intense workout hurts so good

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:09 AM ET

Feeling pain is usually reserved for the morning after opening-day drills.

For the Calgary Flames, it was the second on-ice session of camp that will have players reaching for ice packs.

John Armstrong, Hugo Carpentier and Kris Chucko are prime candidates for bruising this morning, but others like Mike Cammalleri seemed to enjoy the increased intensity in the drills.

"Today was nice because you get the bumps in and get a little physicality," said Cammalleri, still apparently on an adrenaline high.

"You go all summer training and you can't wait to feel another body on you, get some hitting, get some contact going. There's no real way you can emulate that in the summertime.

"It's a different kind of work."

Both groups enjoyed some scrimmage-like play before wind sprints ended their afternoon. In the first group, Robyn Regehr and then Adrian Aucoin both got great shots in on Armstrong.

In the afternoon session, Rhett Warrener levelled Chucko in open ice -- forcing the prospect to the dressing room temporarily -- and then got Cam Cunning along the boards.

IRON WAYNE

Wayne Primeau is already opening doors to his post-playing days, if you believe some of his Flames teammates.

Although yesterday was only the second day of on-ice practices, the Flames veterans have been training together for a few weeks at the Westside Recreation Centre.

Primeau did his best Mike Keenan impersonation leading up to training camp.

"Wayne Primeau was awesome. He runs the practice like nobody else. He's gonna be a coach one day," said Craig Conroy. "It felt like we were here with Mike a couple of times."

As much as his teammates teased the 32-year-old veteran for taking charge and leading drills before the shinny sessions, they appreciated the organization.

"I was one of the first guys back from bringing kids that are in school. Nobody had a problem with it, so I thought we'd run with it," said Primeau.

"I think the guys had fun with it."

Knowing how difficult the days ahead of them would be when camp opened under Iron Mike's watchful eyes, they were willing participants.

"It prepares us for this, so when we start getting into drills we're not dying," said Primeau, who runs hockey schools all summer with his brother, Keith.

As for a future in coaching ...

"I would love to do something like that down the road," said Primeau. "But not quite yet."

KIPPER TAKES BREATHER

Miikka Kiprusoff, who reportedly did very well in the fitness testing before camp, was suffering flu symptoms yesterday morning.

His absence meant an early wakeup call for Mount Royal College goaltender Ryan Dutton, who subbed in for the second half of the late session.

University of Calgary Dinos 'tender Jeff Weber took the first half of the late group's practice.


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