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The skating has begun again as the Winnipeg Jets took to the ice this morning for the first session of their 2014-15 training camp.

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The skating has begun again as the Winnipeg Jets took to the ice this morning for the first session of their 2014-15 training camp.

The 50 players at camp have been split into two teams and the first was on the ice this morning at 9 a.m. at MTS Iceplex.

By 10 o’clock, head coach Paul Maurice had the group into a conditioning skate. That began with a battle drill or a skill drill that included pucks, then proceeded to doing laps of the rink without the pucks. There was a full half-hour of that.

“It was good, a good pace and a good effort from everyone,” captain Andrew Ladd declared after the morning session was complete. “And we’ll go from there.”

At the end of last season, Maurice promised a tough camp. He even skated the Jets hard during that last week of the season, after they were out of playoff contention.

The difficulty leve of the first day was no surprise to anyone, Ladd said.

“I think we’re familiar with the way Paul runs a practice and maybe the only thing different was the skate at the end,” he said. “And we handled it well and we feel really good right now and everyone made it out alive so we’re good.”

Ladd’s observation today was that his teammates are prepared for this camp.

“I think so,” he said. “I think that message was sent by Paul at the end of the year last year and everybody did a great job over the summer to make sure they took care of themselves and gave themselves the best chance of coming here in good shape and performing at their highest level.”

The Jets also announced this morning that Blake Wheeler will don an “A” as one of the alternate captains this season. Mark Stuart is the other alternate under Andrew Ladd’s captaincy.

They start their exhibition season Monday at home against Minnesota.

 

tim.campbell@freepress.mb.ca

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Updated on Friday, September 19, 2014 12:25 PM CDT: Updates with quotes from Ladd

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