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POSTED ON Friday, 07.12.2013 / 5:21 PM
By John Hayden - Special to chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Mackenzie McCluer / Chicago Blackhawks

Throughout the week, 2013 draft pick John Hayden will be blogging for chicagoblackhawks.com about his experiences during his first Blackhawks Prospect Camp.

I think this final game was the most competitive of all three scrimmages, especially since we were competing for that big trophy. It’s unfortunate that we got the loss, but I think our team worked hard all three days. We were joking that we got the two wins before this one, so I think we’re still ahead.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 07.11.2013 / 5:38 PM
By John Hayden - Special to chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
John Hayden talks with his fellow U.S. NTDP alums during the scrimmage (Photo by Mackenzie McCluer / Chicago Blackhawks).

Throughout the week, 2013 draft pick John Hayden will be blogging for chicagoblackhawks.com about his experiences during his first Blackhawks Prospect Camp.

It was nice to be on the winning side of today’s Prospect Camp scrimmage, but these past two scrimmages have just been exhibition games. Tomorrow is for everything: the last scrimmage of the week, it’s going to be played more like an actual game, and it's our last chance to show what we can do. So we have to bring it all tomorrow again just to make sure we get the win.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 07.10.2013 / 4:01 PM
By John Hayden - Special to chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Phillip Danault congratulates John Hayden on his scrimmage goal (Photo by Mackenzie McCluer / Chicago Blackhawks).

Throughout the week, 2013 draft pick John Hayden will be blogging for chicagoblackhawks.com about his experiences during his first Blackhawks Prospect Camp.

We got to the rink about the same time as yesterday; one group got to skate, and one group, including me, worked out. After our third day, we’re all getting a better understanding of what being a pro is all about. We’re getting the same treatment that the Blackhawks do, from coaching to our equipment managers and trainers. It’s really motivating us, since we all want to make it to this level.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 07.09.2013 / 5:35 PM
By John Hayden - Special to chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Brad Boron / Chicago Blackhawks

Throughout the week, 2013 draft pick John Hayden will be blogging for chicagoblackhawks.com about his experiences during his first Blackhawks Prospect Camp.

Today we started out at the rink at about 8 a.m. We got to work with [Strength and Conditioning Coach] Paul Goodman on some circuits – everything from squats to ladders. It was pretty tough. I wouldn’t say that the workouts were that intense, but it covered a lot of different exercises. I have a really good workout program back home, but it was really interesting to see what the Blackhawks do and what is important to them; it will help me in the future, as well.

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POSTED ON Monday, 07.08.2013 / 5:11 PM
By John Hayden - Special to chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Getty Images

Throughout the week, 2013 draft pick John Hayden will be blogging for chicagoblackhawks.com about his experiences during his first Blackhawks Prospect Camp.

I came into town yesterday. I was born here, and my family moved right away, but I come back to Chicago almost every year. I still have family here – my grandfather lives in the city, so I’m familiar with the area. Even so, it’s exciting to be back for something like this: my first NHL prospect camp.

We had a meeting last night where everyone, coaches and players, introduced themselves to each other. It was good to get a feel for the staff and all of the other players before hitting the ice with them today. The older guys, who have been to this camp for several years now, did a really good job of welcoming the younger guys who were just drafted. They made us feel comfortable right away.

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