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Prospects Arrive for Development Camp

Wednesday, 07.06.2011 / 6:43 PM / Features
By Dave Vest
GLENDALE – Twenty-eight prospects trickled into Jobing.com Arena throughout the day on Wednesday from all over the globe to register for the Coyotes' annual Prospects Development Camp.

The camp begins Thursday at 10 a.m. at Polar Ice in Peoria and runs until Sunday. Fans are invited to watch the players on the ice on Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

• Click here to see the camp’s roster and schedule.

Don Maloney, Connor Murphy and Brad Treliving at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Photo by Getty Images.
“I’m really excited to get in here and be able to skate here in Phoenix,” said defenseman Connor Murphy, whom the Coyotes selected with the 20th overall pick in last month’s NHL Entry Draft. “Mainly I’m looking forward to learning from all the staff, whether it’s the coaches or Mr. (Don) Maloney… I’d also like to get to know a lot of the other prospects that are in here... It’ll be nice to get to know them, and hopefully I’ll be teammates with them some day.”

•  Click here to watch an interview with Murphy recorded after his arrival on Wednesday.

The Coyotes stage the camp for prospects each July to chart each player’s progress among their peers and to give them a taste of the NHL experience.

“It’s always nice to come back to Glendale and the Phoenix area to come to this camp,” said forward Chris Brown, a forward who is attending the camp for a third year. “It’s a learning experience. You get to learn what it’s like to be a professional, to be treated like a professional and to work like a professional. The staff here is great and really teaches us the main things that it’s going to take (to reach the NHL). It’s also nice to get a little feedback from Mr. Maloney and Coach (Dave) Tippett about what they’re looking for from you to eventually become a Coyote.”

Center Andy Miele, who won the 2011 Hobey Baker Award, is making his first appearance at the camp. Like Murphy, he’s eager to get to know his peers.

Andy Miele. Photo by Getty Images.
“These can be some future teammates of mine so I’ll look to build some relationships here,” said Miele, who next week will attend the ESPYs hoping to win the award for top male college athlete. “Building chemistry is huge for a team and this is the first step in doing that. Beyond that I plan to go out there and show what I can do, and maybe turn some heads."

All of the players were assigned space within the main Coyotes dressing room inside Jobing.com Arena. For those players attending the camp for the first time, unpacking their gear on Wednesday and trying on Coyotes equipment was a memorable experience.

“The locker room is spectacular, especially the weight room,” said forward Lucas Lessio, whom Phoenix grabbed in the second round of this year’s draft. “It’s even better than some local gyms around my house, that’s for sure. Being here, I’m just in awe. I’m trying to let it all sink in. Seeing palm trees outside the arena, it’s just unbelievable.”
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