Players report tomorrow (Friday) and take to the ice for the first day of training camp on Saturday. This year, the Anaheim Ducks will be taking the ice at the Honda Center and not at Anaheim Ice.
Anaheim Ice (also affectionately known as the Anaheim Iceberg, a place where even men have commented about how cold it is and start remarking about the comparison to Edmonton in January) has been home base for training camp since the Ducks first began in 1993. No more.
The Honda Center has several advantages over Anaheim Ice – no need to move equipment back and forth between buildings, more seating for spectators, ability to sell their own concessions to make money. Veterans will likely be in the main locker room, with rookies and prospects in the visitor’s locker room. Both accomodations are roomier than those at Anaheim Ice.
Camp is open to the public except on game days. Training camp begins in earnest on Saturday, with players split up into two groups. At Anaheim Ice, the players could practice simultaneously on both rinks. At the Honda Center, players will take turns on the ice, so spectators don’t have to go from rink A to rink B.
Training camp schedule is 9:00am – 10:15am for group A on Saturday, September 17. Group B takes the ice from 10:30am – 11:45am. On Sunday, reverse that schedule. Monday, September 19, group A is on from 9:00am – 9:45am and group B is 11:15am – 12:00pm.
On Monday, there will be a scrimmage in between the two groups from 10:00am – 11:00am.
Throughout training camp, fans will have an opportunity to make a $5 donation to the Anaheim Ducks Foundation when entering the arena. The Foundation facilitates and supports programs that produce positive change for children and families throughout Southern California.
The public part of training camp will take a pause on Tuesday and Wednesday, which will be the first two pre-season games (against Phoenix and San Jose).
Fans can once again watch camp, with likely fewer bodies, on Thursday, September 22, with group A set for 9:00am – 10:30am and group B following at 10:45am – 12:00pm.
After three more games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the remaining training camp schedule will be determined at that time. It is likely there will only be one group left, with only the final cuts remaining.
As the Duck will be heading to Finland to start the season, things will have to come together quickly for the team.