Flames rookies wind-less

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:18 AM ET

CALGARY - Max Reinhart was prepared and still hated the experience.

The Calgary Flames put their prospects through an excruciating event Friday as opposed to the normal testing.

Instead of the two-and-a-half-minute bike ride at full-bore, players did a set of on-ice wind sprints.

But it wasn’t just any skate.

Players had to go from one end of the rink to the other and back. Six times.

Here’s the painful twist.

Each blast back and forth began in 30-second increments. Therefore, if it took them 15 seconds to do their first trip, they had 15 seconds of recovery time. If it took 20 seconds, that recovery was 10 seconds.

The break before the sixth and final trip was down to a couple of seconds.

“That was actually my second time doing that,” Reinhart said. “At the under-17s for B.C. hockey, I had to do it.

“I didn’t like it then, and I don’t like it now.

Smooth skating defenceman T.J. Brodie was certainly feeling the effects.

Even after some 25 minutes to recover and take off his gear, the 21-year-old was in the middle of doing an interview with the media and had to stop it to sit down because he was light-headed.

“There’s no way to really prepare for it. Just go as hard as you can and you’ll feel pretty crappy afterwards,” Brodie said.

“It’s really hard. A lot of guys need a good rest after,” said defenceman John Negrin.

As the day went on, players who arrived were made aware of what’s to come, and you could see their trepidation.

“Everyone’s coming in and seeing guys lying on the ground, almost passing out,” Negrin said with a chuckle.

“It’s a good test, and I’m glad to be done it.”


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