Charlie Schenkel raves about Sault Ste. Marie’s culinary scene
Although he did not spend time in the city before making the trip from his hometown of Ottawa to the northern Ontario city where he will begin his career in the Ontario Hockey League. , he was impressed with his first month in the region.
The local cuisine marked the 17-year-old very early on.
“The first thing I noticed was the food is amazing,” said Schenkel. “The food is excellent here. It’s all local restaurants and fresh food. I did not eat badly here. It’s crazy. Everyone really cares about meals and it’s delicious. There are a lot of good restaurants. “
Switching to hockey, the 6’5 ”goaltender was happy to be back on the ice competitively when the team opened training camp and launched into preseason action.
“It was great to be back on the ice,” said Schenkel. “It was the closest game I have had in a long time. We have to play exhibition games and stuff like that. It was very fun. “
“It’s the first time I’ve seen it all and it was a great experience to feel it all and meet all the staff,” added Schenkel. “It was pretty awesome. It was fun playing exhibition games and picking up the pace of hockey.
The former Greyhounds’ fifth-round pick in the 2020 OHL Priority Selection took advantage of his debut with the team to work on his game in preparation for the regular season opener in October.
“The goalie coach here (Matt Smith) is great,” said Schenkel. “We’re working on my skating and my lateral movements, following the passes and getting that speed and that cross-fold control. “
“Schenks is a big boy and very athletic,” said Greyhounds coach John Dean. “He really wants to fight in the net and it’s fun for him to compete with the squad. Anyone who wants to participate in training and compete with their peers and fight this battle, you can’t ask for anything more from a goalie.
While working on his game, Schenkel spoke of his technical abilities and athleticism as strengths of his game.
“I have a very good level of competition and I track the pucks really well,” said Schenkel. “I have confidence in my technical abilities and my basics and I also feel like I have good athleticism. Where I have to work is lateral control and speed and stay compact.
With the Greyhounds sharing the exhibition action between Schenkel and fellow rookie goalie Samuel Ivanov, Schenkel called his scrum-free debut game a thrilling experience.
“It was cool to get into a real gaming environment,” Schenkel said. “In the scrums it was intense, but (in the exhibition games) you play a different team, so you have a strong team and you are more with your group and ready to go to war and represent the Sault. “
What was equally exciting for Schenkel was the moment he found out he was part of the squad, a moment he was able to share with the family who made the trip to training camp. with him.
“It was very exciting,” said Schenkel when asked to be part of the team. ” I was with my family. My mom made the trip so I saw her right after I spoke to (Greyhounds general manager Kyle) Raftis and we were both excited. I knew this was where I wanted to be. We got the deal done pretty quickly, and it was really exciting to be able to sign.