The IceHogs training camp kicked off Sunday with a handful of key players returning. One of them comes back after spending quite a bit of time away – forward Kris Versteeg. The veteran helped the IceHogs to the Calder Cup playoffs in 2008. With 11 seasons in the NHL under his belt, he also won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2010 and 2015.
The 33-year-old isn’t oblivious to the age difference in the locker room. He says the younger environment even felt like it shaved some years off.
“I don’t know what the next older guy after me is but [we’ve got] a pretty young group,” Versteeg said. “It almost felt like I was in like a college atmosphere when I walked in there today. It made me feel pretty young again.”
Versteeg hopes the experience he has serves as some help to the younger guys.
“Like I said, I’m just going to be me,” Versteeg said. “I don’t think I’m going to change too much of who I am. Obviously, they can come talk to me if they ever do but I think I’ve always kind of been that kind of player and guy as a teammate.”