Updated: 12/12/2013 11:33 PM
Created: 12/12/2013 11:03 PM WHEC.com
Amerks captain Matt Ellis said the team was acting like kids in a candy store at the Frozen Frontier. It didn't feel like the inside of a store, rather it felt like... well you couldn't feel at all it was so cold.
But the low temperatures didn't stop the gitty smiles of the Amerks when they took the outdoor ice for their first practice before Saturday's game against Lake Erie.
Layers of clothing shield the snow and frigid temps as you lace up your skates and step onto the frozen pond. That's how many Amerks players were introduced to the game of hockey and after practicing on the outdoor rink many say it brought them back to their childhood.
Mike Zigomanis, Amerks center, says "Where everyone started was on the pond in the backyard. So, it will definitely remind guys where they came from and to enjoy the game. At the end of the day it is just a game, the kids game so, we're luck enough to play it at our age."
Drew Bagnell, Amerks defenseman, says "Just the whole atmosphere of everything going on and the snow falling. It's just not something that you really get to do a whole lot and it brings you back to what you used to do when you were a kid."
Ellis tells News10NBC, "Snow coming down being out there with your teammates, I said it before and I'll say it again. It definitely brings you back to your childhood and the purity of the game. It doesn't get any more grassroots than that with the conditions. It was awesome."
"Just taking it all in for the first couple of minutes was really fun and to get a feel for the way everything was going," says head coach Chadd Cassidy. "To be out there and I can't imagine what it's going to be like tomorrow with the stands packed and the atmosphere out there."
The nostalgia aside Coach Cassidy reminded his players after practice there's still two points on the line that they need.