Looking for some tough decisions

GERRY MODDEJONGE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:19 PM ET

The 2010 edition of the Edmonton Rush got together for the first time to open training camp yesterday at the Leduc Recreation Centre.

It was the first step in the preseason, with new head coach and general manager Derek Keenan looking to get the team off on the right foot.

"I want it to be competitive. The team just hasn't been that in it's four years," said Keenan.

"To a certain degree they have, but they just haven't gone over the hump of making the playoffs in that way."

Keenan comes to Edmonton after four seasons as head coach and GM of the Colorado Mammoth.

"Success in this league is measured with playoff performance and winning championships," he said.

"I want guys to go away with the attitude of we're going to do whatever it takes this year to win games."

The Rush has averaged just four wins a season in the club's four-year history.

"The message going in was 'Make things difficult for me,' " Keenan said of training camp.

"I want to make hard decisions, not easy decisions. That was part of the fitness part of it. You make it easy for me if you're not in shape.

"But if you're physically fit and you come in and make good decisions through the process with our drills and our scrimmages, you're going to make it hard on us. That's what I want."

The Rush will trim down from 36 players to around 28 following today's sessions.

Rush training camp continues next weekend, edging closer to the 23-man roster the club can carry into the regular season.

League play commences Jan. 15 in Washington, D.C., against the Stealth.

Edmonton's first home game is Jan. 23 against the Buffalo Bandits.


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