Montreal Canadiens sniper Cole Caufield has kept busy this summer preparing for the upcoming season with some elite company.
In WXYW Detroit‘s recent story, Brad Galli goes over the now yearly tradition of United States National Development Program (USNDP) alums meeting up in Plymouth, Michigan for their summer training. Home of the USNDP, some of the league’s top American-born players meet up every summer in Plymouth to continue sharpening their skills and pushing each other to get better. Having access to the Program’s state-of-the-art facilities also helps them a great deal with their off-ice training to help them gain strength; making it an ideal setting to get ready for the upcoming season.
“I always say this, but you can’t get this anywhere else,” said Caufield about why he chose to return to Michigan for his training.
Practicing alongside former teammates Jack Hughes and Trevor Zegras; as well as other top US-born players like Zach Werenski and Dylan Larkin, Caufield has spent most of August in Plymouth getting ready for a very important season. Caufield will be asked to continue right where he left off during his second half of the season which saw him score a whopping 22 goals in just 37 games. For Caufield, who refused an invitation to the IIHF World Championships to focus on his summer training, returning to Plymouth and testing himself against the league’s top talent was very beneficial.
“We all played here, and we can all call this place home,” said Caufield about returning to his roots. “You can learn from these guys; they’ve been through a lot. Just to be out here with them every day, it’s pretty cool.”
With Caufield set to play a crucial role in the Montreal Canadiens’ return to prominence, seeing him put in the extra work and push himself to another level is sure to please Canadiens fans. In the last year of his entry-level contract, Cole Caufield will look to hit the ground running this season and earn himself a substantial raise at the end of the season, if not sooner.
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