Sieloff ready for the next chapter of his career
|Defenceman Patrick Sieloff signs his entry-level contract on July 19, 2013. Credit: Patrick Sieloff.|
CALGARY, AB -- Patrick Sieloff might be thousands of kilometres away from Calgary but the city is the only thing on his mind.
The defenceman, who is currently back in his home state of Michigan, signed an entry-level deal with the Flames on Friday afternoon and cannot wait to head back to Alberta for training camp later on this summer.
"It's so great," he told CalgaryFlames.com. "This has been my dream for so long. I'm really looking forward to Penticton and training camp. Having this done and out of the way ... I can really focus on the upcoming season."
The signing comes on the heels of Sieloff's impressive showing at the Flames annual development camp. The 19 year-old, who was limited to just a few practices last summer due an injury sustained in a early development camp session, garnered plenty of attention from the Flames brass and fans thanks to his gritty, physical play and never-quit attitude.
In practices, he was one of the first ones on the ice and one of the last ones to retire to the dressing room. In both scrimmages, he was constantly moving his feet and never hesitated to step up and make a hit or grind an opponent out in a battle along the boards.
"Patrick Sieloff is the type of high-character, good hockey sense, hard to play against competitor that we want in our organization," Flames General Manager Jay Feaster said after the signing.
"He is a physical presence on the blue line and has a hard, accurate shot. He moves the puck well in transition and he is a team-first player. Sieloff is an 'old school' style player and we welcome the edge he brings to his game."
The rearguard has spent quite a bit of time in Calgary this year, rehabbing a groin injury under the watchful eye of the Flames medical staff late in the 2012-13 season and participating in development camp. His time around the team and organization has impacted his off-season training regimen and has given him a better understanding of the level of preparation needed to succeed at the next level.
"I got to see what these guys do on a day-to-day basis, the work they put into being a pro," he said of his time in Calgary late in the season. "After my time in Calgary, I know a lot about the organization - what they want from players. I definitely feel more prepared going into training camp now."
The Flames defence corps will be tough crack; training camp will feature NHL regulars Mark Giordano, Dennis Wideman, TJ Brodie, Chris Butler, Shane O'Brien, Kris Russell, and Derek Smith while Chris Breen, Mark Cundari, Chad Billins, John Ramage, James Martin and Tyler Wotherspoon will all be pushing to land themselves a roster spot. He knows competition will be intense but he isn't thinking about them. Sieloff is focused on one thing - his play.
"The only thing I can control is what I do on the ice. That's it. I can't control what other guys do, I need to focus on what I can do.
"I'm going to do my best - that is all I can control."