Paul Larabie is loving being the extra-scrimmage man at the Kingston Frontenacs training camp.
While all players were scheduled to play in two scrimmages, Larabie picked up an extra one when illness kept Jason Robertson from playing in Team White’s scrimmage against Team Gold Tuesday night.
On Wednesday at Day 2 of training camp Larabie was back on Team Black playing in both scrimmages.
For the 17-year-old Larabie, who was signed by the Frontenacs last season but sent back to play in the Central Canadian Jockey League for seasoning, it was clearly a case of can’t get enough of being on the ice at the Rogers K-Rock Centre.
“I think (subbing in for Robertson) helped me to be totally honest. It was good to get my feet wet early,” said Larabie who at Wednesday morning’s scrimmage was stymied a couple times by Ottawa goaltender Gabriel Carriere in what turned out to be a 6-5 win for Team White.
“So that’s a fellow Ottawa guy stopping me. Couldn’t do my any favors,” Larabie said with a laugh. “But that’s okay. It was a fun experience. I felt good out there. I was getting a lot of chances. Probably holding my stick too tight. There’s still nerves that comes into it even if it is your second (camp).”
In his first training camp, Larabie and Justin Pringle battled down to the final day and through exhibition before Pringle stuck with the big squad.
Larabie signed a standard player’s contract and then headed back to play for the Nepean Raiders. He made the most of it.
“Gave me a chance to play against older guys, really mature physically and work on my game,” said Larabie, admitting that he is “a lot more comfortable” at training camp this time around.
“You come in with less jitters, less nervousness because you know what you are coming into. I knew what I had to work on over the summer,” Larabie said.
One thing he has observed at this camp is that nobody really looks out of place.
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