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POSTED ON Thursday, 10.6.2011 / 2:31 PM ET

We’re excited to get going and play some games that mean something. I think everyone is pretty happy, though. It was a really good training camp and there were some surprises in camp as well as some guys who came into camp in really good shape and continued to play well. So we’re looking forward to playing for real here.

Senators forward Nick Foligno and his teammates are enthused about finally playing some games for real (Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images).
The up-tempo pace, the workouts and all the skating ... this camp was definitely hard, but in a good way. We feel like we accomplished something and we’re looking forward to showing that in our first regular-season game, and the whole season, for that matter.

I’m especially excited about getting started in Detroit. It’ll actually be my first time playing at Joe Louis Arena in four years with the Senators. I was injured two of the previous times we went there, so I’m really looking forward to this. It’s got some family history because my dad was drafted by the Red Wings and played for them at the start of his NHL career. So it’ll be fun for me.

We also know this game will be a pretty big deal for our coach, Paul MacLean, who used to be an assistant coach with the Wings for a lot of years. It’s also his first game as an NHL head coach, so hopefully, we can get him those two points. We’ll really be trying to do that for him.

As a group, we’re excited about what we have this season. We know we have to get off to a good start. That’s going to be really important for us. We’re excited about the guys we have in our room. We’re going to be a young team and we understand that. We don’t think our backs are against the wall or anything like that. We just need to play well as a team and the wins will come.

With all the new faces on our team, it’s going to take some time for us to really get to know each other. But we’ve got such great guys in our locker room and that’ll bring us together more quickly. We’ve had some chances to hang out together outside the rink and that’s why we went away a little early this week, to help build that bond.

For a player, there really is nothing like the first game of the season. You’ve got butterflies and everything but once that puck drops, they all go away. It’s a new season, a new everything, and you’re looking forward to that clean slate and just starting fresh. I think all of us are looking forward to that and I know personally, I’m really looking forward to having a good start to this season and building on it.
POSTED ON Sunday, 09.25.2011 / 11:53 AM ET

(Senators forward Colin Greening is a proud Newfoundlander who's excited that St. John's, the city he calls home, will play host to Monday's pre-season game between Ottawa and the Winnipeg Jets. It's part of the Kraft Hockeyville celebrations in nearby Conception Bay South, which won the annual competition earlier this year. Greening shares some thoughts about his home province and its love of hockey in this blog post for

We’re off to St. John’s to face the Winnipeg Jets as part of the Hockeyville celebrations there and it’ll be amazing for me to be back at home for this pre-season game. Last year, I was there for an AHL exhibition game with the Binghamton Senators, so this year it’ll be fun to play one at the NHL level to show my friends and family the progression I’ve gone through in one year. It will be neat for myself and I think it'll be fun for them, too.

They’re going to love seeing us play in St. John’s. The fact that they’re getting an AHL team again and hockey’s coming back there, and the fact they have this and got it by winning Hockeyville ... it’s a big deal for them. Newfoundland is a small island and sometimes people forget about us, so for us to win that contest and to have an NHL game come to St. John’s is a big deal. People in Newfoundland are very appreciative of it. We are very friendly people and welcoming, so I think that’s going to make it that much more enjoyable for, not only myself, but the rest of the team and everyone else who’s there for it.

Everyone loves hockey in Newfoundland. That’s the biggest thing and we’re no different than the rest of Canada in that way. Growing up, you basically had to start skating or try hockey at some point — I started skating when I was four years old and started playing when I was five. I know a lot of people think, because we’re out there and so isolated, we might be limited with resources, but we still love hockey as much as anyone else. We love cheering for Canada at the Olympics. We take hockey very, very seriously.

I was a huge Doug Gilmour fan growing up. I guess it started because the St. John’s Maple Leafs (AHL) used to be there. So we used to follow St. John’s and when their players got called up, we’d follow them in Toronto. I just started watching Doug Gilmour and I thought he was a phenomenal player back around 1992 and '93. My affiliation kind of jumped for a few years when he got traded to New Jersey and Buffalo and all those places. But I really enjoyed watching him. I loved how he played the game.

If there’s anything about St. John’s I’d like to show the guys, it would be the downtown area. It’s just different and you can’t really describe it. You almost need people to see it and experience it. I want them to see George Street and the harbour and Signal Hill, and to try the food ... the Newfoundland delicacies. It’s just amazing. It’s very peaceful out there and I’ll be the first to admit, people don’t go out there for the weather, but they go for the view. It’s very scenic and I think if guys are able to take advantage of it, they’ll really enjoy it.

Our traditional recipes are quite unique. There’s certain things called fish and brewis, cod tongues and something called salt meat. Then we have something called a Jiggs dinner — it’s a whole smorgasbord of food. Stuff like that encompasses our culture and how we grew up with the fishing industry. I miss it a little bit sometimes, now that I’m away so much. I got home for two weeks in the summer and was able to get in a Jiggs dinner with my mom and dad. That means a lot to me, because that brings back a lot of memories for me and a lot of nostalgia.
POSTED ON Wednesday, 09.21.2011 / 3:02 PM ET

We're facing the Boston Bruins at home tonight and it's also my first chance to get into a game this season. I'm excited about getting started again. It's been a long time in coming and it'll be nice to get back into the swing of things. And who better to do it against than the Stanley Cup champs. So it'll be a neat experience and it's always fun to play at home.

Nick Foligno meets Scotty Hall, 8, who suffers from cystic fibrosis.
All summer, you've been doing whatever you want, so now it's a matter of getting back into the gameday routine, so to speak. It's just a matter of understanding that there's a job to do and I want to put my best foot forward. You want to get off to a good start, especially in your first exhibition game. You want to get some good momentum going for the season. I just want to make sure I prepare myself mentally and physically and get ready for that first one.

My wife, Janelle, and I helped launch the Senators 65 Roses Sports Club annual campaign on Wednesday night, which aids children and young adults with cystic fibrosis. I thought Montana's (at the Kanata Centrum) was great. They hosted the event and were really accommodating to us. I met Dan, the general manager there, and Clay, who is the regional manager, and they're both nice guys. Nadine and Rob Redmond kind of jump start the whole thing, so it's a really well done thing. It means a lot to me. I first became aware of this cause a couple of years ago, when Shean Donovan was the honorary chair. It really hit home for my wife and I, and we're happy to be a part of it. Hopefully, we can make a difference.

Janelle and I really enjoy getting out into the community and getting to know people. We're really enjoying being involved in this particular campaign together. She's so great out in the public eye and I really appreciate that she's become so involved. It makes it fun for us, too, that we can spend a little time together in giving back to the community this way. It's something we both really enjoy.
POSTED ON Friday, 09.16.2011 / 6:33 PM ET

It's the first day of training camp and we're all excited to be back. You're a little nervous to do the testing and get all that going but for the most part, everyone's just so excited to be back and to see each other again. Just to get back into that atmopshere really brings along with it a lot of good things for hopefully the next couple of weeks.

As some of you may know, I passed on playing for Team USA at the world championship back in May to stay here and get a head start on training for this season. I made that commitment because I want to make a commitment to this team. I feel like I need to take that next step as a player. I don't think I've ever had a really, really bad year, but I had an inconsistent year. I just don't want to have that any more. I wanted to make sure I worked on the things I needed to work on and have no excuse for anyone to say anything but he's in good shape and he's ready to go.

Mentally, I feel a lot better and physically, I feel great. I worked with a skating coach, Marc Power, as well as Barbara Underhill, who's a former world figure skating champion, to get ready for this season and it was great. They taught me so much and I'm really happy I worked with them. And my trainer back home, Cal, he and I worked really hard together, too, and it was a great summer.

Of course, the best thing about summer was marrying my beautiful wife, Janelle. We had a great time and it was just so nice to be around family and friends and have everyone there for you on that special day. It really was a beautiful day in Niagara-on-the-Lake and I couldn't have had a better time. We also enjoyed our honeymoon — we went to Hawaii and that was really nice to get away with her like that. It was a surprise trip for Janelle and I kept that a secret from her the whole summer. She didn't have a clue, so it was a good job by all who knew about it. I couldn't have asked for a better time with her and that place is definitely as advertised. It really was beautiful.

On Thursday, we all took part in the annual Bell/Senators Charity Golf event at Kanata Golf & Country Club. Our team wound up being champions, although I really had nothing to do with it. But it was neat ... I've never been on a championship golf team before, so that was pretty special for me and it was a lot of fun. But what we did in raising money for mental health care and for Project s.t.e.p. was amazing. It just goes to show you the kind of community we have here. That's why so many guys, myself especially, are so proud to be on this team. We get involved like that and it gives you a sense of belonging in this community. It's really great.
POSTED ON Monday, 09.12.2011 / 11:35 AM ET

(Centre Shane Prince of the Ottawa 67’s was a second-round choice by the Senators in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The native of Spencerport, N.Y., is attending his first rookie camp and tournament with the team and will share some of his experiences in a series of blog posts for

Today was our first off day at the rookie tournament, after having played games the last two days. It's definitely good to have some down time and a light practice. It really is a necessity to have a day like this and kind of relax a little bit. Then we'll get back at it tomorrow.

After the back-to-back games on the weekend, I'm definitely feeling it today and I'm a bit tired. But that's nothing compared to the regular season, so you just push through it. That's hockey, it's what we all chose to do, so we've got to push through these kinds of things.

We're heading down the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto as a group today. I've been there before, but it was a while ago. I kind of remember it, but it'll be cool to go again today and see the Stanley Cup and all the exhibits. When you live the life of hockey, you get to enjoy seeing those things.

Our group has become really tight in a short period of time. We've got a lot of great guys here and everyone gets along pretty well. Some of us know each other a bit better than others, but we have a great time together. Of course, it's always better when we're winning!

We face the Maple Leafs in our final game tomorrow and I've already heard lots about the rivalry between them and Ottawa. They won both of their games and so did we, so it'll definitely be a good one to finish it off.

POSTED ON Sunday, 09.11.2011 / 11:35 AM ET

(Centre Shane Prince of the Ottawa 67’s was a second-round choice by the Senators in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The native of Spencerport, N.Y., is attending his first rookie camp and tournament with the team and will share some of his experiences in a series of blog posts for

Today's game against the Blackhawks was definitely different than our first one. The amount of chances I had today was pretty crazy and I wasn't very fortunate. Every player goes through those streaks and you can't seem to catch a bounce. But at least I'm there, I'm getting a lot of offensive opportunities and creating plays. That's all I could ask for myself.

As a team, we had a lot of goals. Our power play was definitely clicking today. It was just like yesterday in that we had a lot of offensive chances, but the difference today is that we put a lot more of them in the back of the net.

Now that we've won our first two games, we want to win the tournament. Even before yesterday's game, we were coming in here to win. The more you win, the better the evaluation you get for yourself. It's just better to be around a winning atmosphere. It's great that we won the first two and we're going to work to win that third one.

Yesterday, after the game, we had a lot of down time and me and (Jean-Gabriel) Pageau and (Darren) Kramer and (Stefan) Noesen all played cards. It's relaxing and a lot of fun as well. It's definitely needed. You can't be focused the whole time. You've got to be able to sit back and relax and enjoy yourself. You put so much energy into the games, so you've got to be able to relax before the next one.

I've always liked playing cards. I remember doing it when I was eight or nine years old with my minor hockey teams. I've done that since I was young and it's still a lot of fun. I really enjoy it.

POSTED ON Saturday, 09.10.2011 / 11:33 AM ET

(Centre Shane Prince of the Ottawa 67’s was a second-round choice by the Senators in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The native of Spencerport, N.Y., is attending his first rookie camp and tournament with the team and will share some of his experiences in a series of blog posts for

We started out our rookie tournament against the Penguins today and I thought it was pretty fun. I knew a lot of guys out there from junior hockey and stuff, but I thought it was a really good experience. I think I did a really good job and we got the win 4-0, so it was a great way to start.

The coaches had me playing on a line with with Mika Zibanejad and Andre Petersson. They’re very high-skilled guys and I work well with guys like that, who are offensive minded. Both those guys are goal scorers and I’m a bit more of a playmaker. They’re good guys to play with and for our first game, we did really well. We had numerous scoring chances today but we just couldn’t find the back of the net. To find chemistry like that right off the bat was pretty cool and the goals are going to come eventually.

The arena here in Oshawa is real familiar to me. We play here three times a year with the 67’s, but I think one game is usually enough to feel comfortable in a rink. I like playing here. It’s kind of hard to explain why to non-hockey players, but you do feel more comfortable in a rink once you’ve played there at least once. Every rink has a different feel but coming in here, I felt pretty comfortable because I’ve played here numerous times.

I can't say I felt too nervous coming into the game today. I’ve been to so many camps in the past where I’ve had to go out and prove myself, so it’s just another day for me, really. I’ve got to prove myself again here and I just want to have fun with it. I know that’s when I play my best.

I’m rooming with Matt Puempel here this week. At development camp, we roomed together as well and now again here. He’s in Peterborough with the Petes and we play them eight times a year with the 67’s, so I know him pretty well. I don’t think there’s a guy here I don’t get along with. It’s a bunch of great guys to be around.

POSTED ON Friday, 09.9.2011 / 11:32 AM ET

(Centre Shane Prince of the Ottawa 67’s was a second-round choice by the Senators in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The native of Spencerport, N.Y., is attending his first rookie camp and tournament with the team and will share some of his experiences in a series of blog posts for

I’m at my first NHL camp of any kind and I think it’s pretty cool. It’s something I’ve worked hard for my whole life. To be able to be here and compete with guys that are at the same level is pretty awesome.

It definitely makes me feel more comfortable that I’m in the same city where I play junior hockey and I know my surroundings a bit. I think it’s a great opportunity for me to get drafted by the team that’s in the same city where they play junior hockey.

At this camp, I’m just going to go out and do my best. I’m here to make the team and I’m going to do the best that I can do. I’m here for nothing else but that and I’m going to give it everything I have this weekend. We’ve got a great bunch of guys here and I got to know a lot of them at development camp. So it’s definitely pretty comfortable in that regard. I know pretty much everybody here, which is great.

The highlight of my summer was attending USA Hockey’s world junior team camp in Lake Placid, N.Y., in August. It went really well and I think I did a really good job there. They made some cuts part way through the camp and I got past that, but I still have to have a great start to the season. Hopefully, if I get the opportunity to play at the world juniors, I’ll do well. Any time you get to represent your country, it’s going to be a great opportunity. You don’t get that chance a lot, so it would be a great experience if it happens.

I’ve got quite a few people coming to watch me at the rookie tournament in Oshawa. There should be a decent crowd from back home. Immediate family, uncles, cousins … I’ve got a big hockey family. They all love it and really support me and they’re all going to be there to cheer me on.

POSTED ON Monday, 07.4.2011 / 11:31 AM ET

(Left-winger Matt Puempel of the Peterborough Petes was one of three first-round picks by the Senators in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, held at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. He’ll be sharing some thoughts about participating in his first Sens development camp in a series of blog posts for

Development camp ended today with a 3-on-3 tournament, but the coaches decided to keep me out of it because they’re being careful about my hip. Although I’d rather have been out there, what they told me is it’s not too, too important to rush it. It felt great skating yesterday and obviously, I’d like to have been a part of it. The guys seemed like they’re having fun out there and it was fun to watch, too.

I can definitely say I’m leaving this camp with some new friends to stay in touch with from now on. Being with guys that much in a week, you get to know a lot of them, find out what they’re like and you get to know their personalities and stuff. You definitely meet a lot of new people and learn a lot of things about them. It's something that I’ve definitely enjoyed doing throughout this week.

Just how much I’ve learned this week is what made it pretty special. As I’ve said before, this is my first look at how everything works up here and it’s an eye opener. A lot of stuff is pretty simple and hard work is what matters the most. It’s about the quality of your workouts and the technique you use. The things they’ve given me are probably more specific to me than any other player.

I’m off to Canada’s world junior team summer camp on Aug. 2. It’s a date that’s definitely been circled on my calendar for a long time. World juniors are so huge around Canada during that time of year. We don’t just think of it as Christmas time around here, it’s also world junior time as well. That’s how we see it in Canada. And the tournament’s in Canada this year, so I’m going to do everything I can to make that team. I know I’ll learn a lot of things when I get there and I’m going to try to enjoy it as much as possible.

Thanks to everyone who has been reading my blog this week. I’ve enjoyed sharing my thoughts about my first experience with the Senators and I’m looking forward to being a part of it all in the future.

POSTED ON Sunday, 07.3.2011 / 11:30 AM ET

(Left-winger Matt Puempel of the Peterborough Petes was one of three first-round picks by the Senators in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, held at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. He’ll be sharing some thoughts about participating in his first Sens development camp in a series of blog posts for

We just finished the last workout of the week this morning and this whole camp has gone by pretty quickly, considering how jam packed as each day has been. I definitely had a lot of fun and it’s been a new experience for me. It’s been NHL organization-oriented and that’s something that is a first for me. I didn’t know what to expect coming in here, but I’ve learned so much and I was happy to be a part of it.

The biggest surprise for me is how technical the workouts are. It’s not really about quantity, it’s about quality, how you’re doing it and how much preparation goes into everything. Your days are also different with seminars and stuff, but you’re coming to the rink every day, getting ready, going on the ice and cooling down afterward. That’s your everyday life and it’s what you have to do. It’s definitely something I want to keep doing in the years to come, that's for sure.

I would love to be a part of the 3-on-3 tournament on Monday morning but with the situation I have here … I missed quite a bit of games last season and being on the sidelines watching doesn’t get any easier. Even though it’s only a camp, when I saw how packed the rink was the other night for our scrimmage, I definitely felt like I wanted to be a part of that instead of watching. But at the same time, I understand their reasoning and how they’re reacting to my hip surgery. How they brought me along this week and looked after me, I couldn’t ask for anything more.

We’re going to see Katy Perry tonight at Scotiabank Place to finish off our day. I’ve actually never been to a concert before and that’s definitely something I’m looking forward to, my first live concert. She’s famous these days and even though I can pinpoint one right now, I know she’s got some big songs out there. I’m looking forward to seeing her and it’ll be a lot of fun.





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