By the time the ECHL's Alaska Aces opened training camp Friday morning, rookie goaltender Laurent Brossoit has already earned honors as King of the Campers.
Since July, Brossoit has participated in the NHL Calgary Flames' developmental camp, their rookie camp and their main camp, as well as the main camp of the American Hockey League's Abbotsford Heat.
On Friday he began his fifth camp when he skated in both sessions of the Aces' opener at Ben Boeke Arena -- the team divided its players and split practice into two one-hour blocks.
"Too many camps,'' Brossoit said with a laugh. "I'm probably in the best shape of my life.''
Small wonder. Since his decorated career with the Western Hockey League's Edmonton Oil Kings ended in mid-May, Brossoit basically had just two months off in the "offseason.''
Brossoit, 20, a sixth-round draft pick of the Flames, was among 26 players who opened camp for the Aces. Two others, returning goalie Mark Guggenberger and new sniper Peter Sivak, should be on the ice for the next practice on Sunday.
Brossoit two seasons ago backstopped the Oil Kings to the circuit's Ed Chynoweth Cup and last season he helped take Edmonton back to the finals, where it fell to Portland, the team it topped in 2012. Brossoit was voted Most Valuable Player of the 2012 playoffs and was a second-team all-league pick last season.
As a rookie under contract to Calgary, he's trying to find where he fits in the organization, which is affiliated with Abbotsford and the Aces.
"It can be frustrating not being certain what your future is,'' Brossoit said. "At the same time, I'm getting lots of pucks and a lot of time on the ice. Seeing a lot of rubber, a lot of playing time, is not new, so it makes this process at lot easier.''
Brossoit (pronounced Bro-Swah) was the man in Edmonton in each of the last two seasons, when he went a combined 105-30-14 (.752 winning percentage) in regular-season and playoff games.
Aces defenseman Kane Lafranchise, who attended Abbotsford's camp, said Brossoit's calm, professional demeanor belies his age.
"He's very mature for his age,'' Lafranchise said. "He just handles himself really well. He's a big guy (6-foot-3) and he moves really, really well, quick post-to-post.''
Expect Brossoit to get substantial playing time next week when the Aces entertain Cincinnati in a pair of exhibition games at Sullivan Arena. Those games, the club's annual benefit for cancer awareness, are Tuesday and Wednesday night.
Brossoit is also likely to see time in Abbotsford.
Guggenberger was released from the camp of the Iowa Wild on Thursday and should be in town for Sunday's practice. Sivak, who had been in Abbotsford's camp, arrived in Anchorage in the wee hours Friday, so coach Rob Murray gave him the day off.
The Aces have an off-ice workout planned Saturday.
Alaska on Friday announced the return of defenseman Corey Syvret. Syvret last season played 32 regular-season games for the Aces (1-17--18 and plus-10) and 11 playoff games for them (0-0--0 and minus-2). He also played 11 games for the AHL's Toronto Marlies.
The Aces also added a pair of forwards to their training-camp roster.
Ross Ring-Jarvi, who played last season in Norway, had a strong Division III career at Adolphus-Gustavus, going 46-84--130 in 115 career games. Last season, he notched 21-16--37 totals for the Tonsberg Vikings.
Also in camp is Casey Mignone, who split last season between the Augusta RiverHawks of the Southern Professional Hockey League (10-15--25 in 40 games) and the Cape Cod Bluefins of the Federal Hockey League (6-13--19 in 15 games).
Local goalie Micah Perletti is back in camp with the Aces for the second straight season.
Abbotsford opened its season Friday night with a 5-2 win at Lake Erie. Calgary won 4-3 at Columbus, with former UAA winger Curtis Glencross notching the game-winning goal.
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