Brooks impressed by new-look team

Braehead Clan player-assistant coach Brendan Brooks says he’s impressed at how the team looks ahead of their first games of the season.
The Clan head to Cardiff Devils on Saturday then to Nottingham Panthers on Sunday in Aladdin Cup action after a gruelling week of practice.
Brooks says he’s enjoying working under coach John Tripp so far and sees these two games as more of a chance to gauge where the team are right now.
“My first impressions are we’re looking good in the first few days of camp,” Brooks said. “Everyone’s working really hard.  It’s been tough, but very professional and enjoyable so far.
“I’m enjoying working with John as well.  He’s demanding a lot of everyone so far and that’s the way it should be.
“He and I have established a good relationship and I think I’m going to enjoy working with him throughout this season.
“He believes in fitness and conditioning and I believe you have to do that to be able to compete.  You have to be able to play 60 minutes and we have the same ideas on the game.
“Going to Nottingham and Cardiff is going to be tough because we are short-handed at the moment, but this is a chance for us to make sure we’re in the best shape for the season starting.
“We’ll also work on some systems so there’s going to be plenty of ice time for guys this weekend and they get the chance to compete.
“We just have to go out there and it doesn’t matter what happens.  It’s just about getting ready for the regular season.”

Neil Tucker

Neil has written on ice hockey for many websites concentrating on British ice hockey mostly. Neil also covers ice hockey in other countries and organises his Blueliner Hockey Tour. A graduate of the Manchester Metropolitan University Neil turned his hand to hockey writing in 2009. As well as contributing on Blueliner Hockey Neil has contributed to Get Real Hockey and Slapshot Magasine.

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