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Ceci: Camping Out In The Spotlight

Friday, 06.29.2012 / 2:10 PM ET
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(Ottawa native Cody Ceci was the Senators' first-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft held in Pittsburgh. The Ottawa 67's defenceman will provide readers with some thoughts about his first Senators development camp in a series of blog posts for

As a hometown boy, Cody Ceci has received lots of attention from fans this week during his first Senators development camp.

Being from Ottawa, I've had a lot of media requests to deal with during development camp. I'm not too used to that and it's a little different for me, but it's been fun. I don't mind doing the media stuff and it's been cool.

I expected it a little bit, just because I'm from Ottawa and I grew up here, and to get drafted by my hometown team is pretty big. That just directed a little more attention to it than normal. Every time I'm doing a media interview, it's a reminder that I am from Ottawa and it reminds me how lucky I am to have had this happen.

There was some attention that came my way heading into the draft. Just being from Ottawa also means I'm around here all the time, so I can easily direct my attention toward our fans with the 67's. Being from here is an advantage that way. The fans all know what's going on, so they just naturally go to me and ask what's going on.

Since draft day, I've received lots of congratulations from fans and that's nice to hear. Even when I was just with the 67's, their fan base is big and everyone is really supportive. Now the fan base gets bigger with the Senators and it's just more support. So it's good to be in Ottawa and have all of that behind me.

Last night, we met some season-seat owners after our scrimmage at the Bell Sensplex and signed some autographs. It's always cool to meet the fans and it's something we should do to support them and show our gratitude toward them. They devote a lot of time and attention to us, so it's only right that we should give it back whenever we have a chance.

Having the support of the fans and my family in my hometown has always been big for me. Just being comfortable with the fans and having pretty much the same fan base ... I'm pretty lucky that way. Just having the comfort of knowing that really helps me out. They've never put me down or anything and I always seem to be on a high.

We're about halfway through camp now and it's definitely been a long one already with really long days. But other than that, it's been really fun being around all these guys and gaining this experience. I'm trying to make the most of it and it's actually going by quickly. It's been really good for me.




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2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54


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M. Stone 80 26 38 21 64
K. Turris 82 24 40 5 64
B. Ryan 78 18 36 5 54
M. Hoffman 79 27 21 16 48
M. Zibanejad 80 20 26 0 46
C. MacArthur 62 16 20 -6 36
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
D. Legwand 80 9 18 1 27
A. Chiasson 76 11 15 -5 26
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02