NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Last month, junior forward Dmitry Antipin (Novosibirsk, Russia/Cape Cod Cubs-IJHL) of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's hockey team experienced something that rarely happens to NCAA Division III college hockey players. Antipin was the only Division III player who was chosen to participate at the New Jersey Devils Development camp in Newark, NJ.
Antipin, who scored once and had a couple of assists in the three scrimmages that he participated in, was one of 12 forwards assigned to one of the two groups that practiced for several days before concluding their experience with the scrimmages.
"Some people had seen me play, and recommended me to the Devils, and I received an invitation to the camp from the general manager, Lou Lamoriello," said Antipin. "They sent me an e-mail, and told me when to show up."
The players stayed in West Orange, NJ and skated daily at the Prudential Center, where the Devils play their home games and practice. "There were players from college, and draft picks, and the coaching staff was there, and it was a great experience," said Antipin. "Anthony Brodeur (the son of Devils star goaltender Martin Brodeur) was there, it was a great feeling to play with those guys."
Antipin's goal was a highlight. "I was behind the goal line, and my line mate passed the puck to me, and I started to go around the goal," said Antipin. "When I got to the top of the circle, I shot it and it went right between the goalie's pads."
Antipin enjoyed the facilities and the rest of his experience. "The locker room was unbelievable, and they had trainers to take care of you, and they take care of your equipment and your laundry," said Antipin. "We had some meetings where they talked to us about how we should work out, things we could do at the gym, and a lot of other good information. They said to keep working hard and get ready for the games. I met a lot of people, made some good friends, and it was just an awesome experience."
"The invitation and participation in the week long New Jersey Devils Development Camp was a tremendous opportunity for Dmitry," said UMass Dartmouth Hockey Coach John Rolli. "I was not surprised to learn that he fared very well in a camp among the Devils' recent draft picks, top minor league prospects, and Division I college free agents."
UMASS DARTMOUTH HOCKEY