By Jim den Hollander
Still easing into the tough physical part of the opening week of training camp, the Ducks ran some physical tests Sunday (Aug. 22) with a two-mile run as well as timed sessions of sit ups and pushups.
Ducks Training Camp – Day 2
When interviewed at the team’s tryouts/workout a few weeks ago, Jayden Tkaczuk, the team’s top scorer in 2020-21 said he had some lofty goals for the upcoming season with the single season scoring mark set by Aidan Verbeke (76 points in the team’s first season – 2011-12) in his sights.
The agile forward is clearly coming to camp in shape to make a big impression. He didn’t just post the fastest finish in the two-mile run, he blew the field away, his time of 12:35 getting him across the finish line 31 seconds in front of second year defender Thomas Howell while rookie Jack Kopfstein, the team’s youngest member rounded out the top three in 13:44.
The team’s senior member, Logan Dineen, the lone ’01, pushed the pace in the pushup competition with 53, three better than both William Carney and Jacob Cartland.
Howell led the way in sit ups with 54, two more than Bryce Jacobsen and Carney rounded out the top three with 44.
Sunday afternoon the team headed to Devil’s Lake in Baraboo for some hiking, primarily a bonding expedition.
The tough workouts will begin on Monday.
Happy Birthday Hackbarth
Blake Hackbarth turns 23 today. The 5’11” forward and native of Greenville, Wisconsin played his varsity hockey with the Neenah-Hortonville-Menasha Rockets, playing against the RWD varsity team at Lake Delton Ice Arena in his final season there – the only meeting between the two clubs.
After a season with the Decatur Blaze, Hackbarth played with the Ducks in 2017-18, contributing five assists and collecting 92 penalty minutes in 38 games. He wrapped up his junior hockey back in Decatur in 2018-19 with his best offensive season of the three, collecting 33 points.
After aging out, Hackbarth played a few games in 2019-20 with the Fox Cities Ice Dogs in the Great Lakes Hockey League, a nine-team league based in Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
The Ducks wish Blake Hackbarth a Happy Birthday and good luck in the 2021-22 GLHL season.