It's the whip around season for college hockey players. One day you're mourning the end of your season, the loss of your team and the next day you're packing up and driving to your first pro hockey practice.
And such was the weekend for Doug Jessey as the senior captain for Canisius dealt with the disappointment of losing in the Atlantic Hockey semifinals on Friday to arriving in Indianapolis on Tuesday to join the Indy Fuel of the ECHL.
Jessey said Canisius coach Dave Smith "got the call Sunday and I talked for a couple of days, cleared things up with my teachers. I got calls from Idaho and Brampton, but these guys seemed to like me and I could drive here, so I was pretty happy about that."
Jessey signed an amateur tryout (ATO) with the Indy Fuel of the ECHL. The team hosts Reading on Friday but thoughts of the lineup kinda take a backseat to learning his teammates names and finding a place to leave.
"I'm kinda in the moment," Jessey said from Indianapolis. "I don't really know what's going on. You work hard in practice and then you have the rest of the day to hang out with the guys. I'm going to have to find new hobbies."
At Canisius, Jessey led the top scoring defense in program history as the Griffs allowed only 2.24 goals per game. The captain had 11 points this season and had 46 points (12 goals, 34 assists) in 156 career games.
And now, it's time to start over.
"I don't know what to expect," Jessey said. "There are 20 new, fresh faces. This is a great time. I'm the new guy but there are lot of guys in and out and everyone's been welcoming so it's pretty easy.
"It's more me seeing what the pro level is all about and if I can help out the team. It's just another chance to prove myself and that's the way I'm looking at it right now."