Jay Bouwmeester hits the rink for some ball hockey during Canada's national men's team orientation camp at the Markin MacPhail Centre, Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Aug. 26, 2013. (DARREN MAKOWICHUK/QMI Agency)
CALGARY - The way he can skate, not taking to the ice during the Olympic team’s orientation camp could be seen as a bad thing for Jay Bouwmeester.
After all, even among the 45 NHL standouts in Calgary for the event limited mainly to off-ice activities and only ball hockey in the rink, Bouwmeester’s abilities are still at another level.
“You probably wish you were skating because this time of year you’re usually skating and you’re getting ready for training camp,” said the seemingly never-fazed defenceman. “A camp like this, a two-day camp, isn’t going to make or break things for anybody. If you play well at the start of the year and throughout the year that’s your best chance of making the team.”
Bouwmeester, the former Calgary Flames blueliner who was traded to the St. Louis Blues last season as the Flames began their much-needed rebuild, has felt both the elation and the sting of being a Canadian Olympian, albeit in a unique order.