Senators to open training camp to public

 

The Ottawa Senators are extending an olive hockey stick –er, olive branch — to their fans.

The Senators will open all of their training camp practice sessions and scrimmages at Scotiabank Place to the public next week, hoping the effort helps them regain some of the trust lost during the lockout.

While it’s not official yet, NHL training camps are expected to open on Sunday.

“This was not a good thing, to be out of hockey for four months,” said Senators general manager Bryan Murray. “We think it’s a real good thing for the fans, if they want to come to the building and watch. We’re going to try and have two different scrimmages on two different evenings.”

Murray says the organization owes the fans.

“Maybe it’s a way of recognizing how important they are to us. I think it will be a good incentive to the players, as well, being on the ice and having people in the stands watching.”

The regular season schedule is expected to be released either Thursday or Friday. While nothing is official yet, the Winnipeg Free Press reported Tuesday that the Senators would open the season in Winnipeg on Jan. 19.

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