Young guns power camp

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:17 AM ET

The term 'young guns' is taking on a whole new meaning in Calgary these days.

It wasn't just veterans dominating the recent fitness testing scores. The kids are flexing their muscles as well.

Led by fittest prospect Matt Pelech and runners-up Brett Sutter and Kris Chucko, the rooks are getting props from the veterans.

The trio also was mentioned by name by head coach Mike Keenan.

"These young guys, they're amazing," said Craig Conroy, who credits Flames strength and conditioning coach Rich Hesketh for the fantastic numbers across the board this year. "I remember going into my first camp, I don't even remember what I was supposed to do going in. These guys come in, and they know the bikes and the lifts.

"They take off their shirt, and there's no body fat on them. They should all just be hanging out at the beach."

Jarome Iginla has also taken notice.

He noticed many of the younger players were "jacked" and says their fitness levels are showing on the ice.

"You look out there, young guys are pushing hard," Iginla said.

"It pushes us as veterans. We want to make sure we're holding onto our jobs. It's getting quicker from the start of camp. It's impressive."


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