With training camp just around the corner, it’s safe to say that Charlottetown Islanders forward Thomas Casey is ready for it to get underway.
“I’ve been working hard this offseason, and now that training camp is rolling around I’m getting really excited.” Said the 5’8 forward. “I’ve been thinking about it ever since the season ended.”
Casey, who calls Charlottetown home in the offseason, has been preparing for this upcoming season at Synergy Fitness alongside a number of current and former major junior players, including Moncton Wildcats forward Jeremy McKenna, Gatineau Olympiques defenseman Chris McQuaid, and former NHLer Mark Flood.
“We really push each other. It’s been a pleasure to work with them.”
For all the work Casey puts in off the ice, he’s been working just as hard on the ice, skating with Islanders assistant coach Brad Mackenzie throughout the summer. Casey says he’s been helping him specifically with his puck work.
“(Brad) has been really helping me with my puck skills.” Casey said. “That said, Brad has been really helping me get a stronger stride, because you can never be too good of a skater.”
“He’s been hitting every point possible leading in to training camp and it’s been great.”
Outside of preparing for the upcoming season, Casey has been spending a lot of time on the eastern end of the island, spending time at his family cottage and can be often found jumping off of the bridge at Basin Head beach in Souris.
When it comes to grabbing a good meal, he’s also very quick to point to a specific area in the downtown Charlottetown area.
“Victoria Row has some really nice restaurants so I’ve been eating there with my family.”
Prince Edward Island is known for being one of the best summer destinations in Canada. That’s become even more true with the current string of hot weather the island is experiencing. For Casey, the rink has been key.
“I’ve been getting to the rink as much as possible, especially with training camp coming up.” Said Casey.
“It’s crazy, we haven’t seen this much heat in a while. I’m hoping it keeps up so that when the team gets back they can experience this as much as possible.”
Looking forward, Casey has a very simple goal in mind.
“I just want to build off of last year. We had a really good group last year and we accomplished a lot.” Casey said. “Everyone has been working hard this offseason so once everyone gets back I think we’re really gonna build off of it.”
“I’ve been working hard to increase my role next season and I think I’m ready to step into a more increased role this season.”