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Gary Roberts discusses tactics during the Biosteel training camp. (Fred Lum/Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail)
Gary Roberts discusses tactics during the Biosteel training camp. (Fred Lum/Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail)

Which NHLers are training <br>at the BioSteel camp?</br> Add to ...

I've been asked the above question enough times the past couple days that it made sense to post this info here on our blog.

The BioSteel camp is in its second year, and it's basically just a week of hard training done in Toronto by 30 or so top level players with trainers Matt Nichol and Gary Roberts.

Players pay their own way to go to the camp, and there's now a waiting list to get in. It takes place at an undisclosed location so that fans and autograph seekers don't show up.

The 36 skaters at this year's event have been divided into teams based on who their regular trainer is, and the two groups will square off in a scrimmage at the end of the week.

Here's who's listed on the rosters this year:

Team Matt Nichol: Mike Cammalleri, Tyler Seguin, PK Subban, Paul Bissonnette, David Clarkson, Andrew Cogliano, Matt Stajan, Daniel Winnik, Raffi Torres, Ryan Ellis, Nik Antropov, Brendan Smith, Mike McKenzie, Greg Stewart, Jay Harrison, Tyler Cuma, Jason Wilson, Nail Yakupov, Alex Galchenyuk

Team Gary Roberts: Steven Stamkos, Stephen Weiss, Wojtek Wolski, Jeff Skinner, Steve Downie, James Neal, Cody Hodgson, Chris Tanev, Peter Holland, Spencer Abbott, Cameron Gaunce, John Mitchell, Mike Neal, Brandon Burlon, Ethan Werek, Chris Terry, Matt Beleskey

The goaltenders aren't designated with one team or the other, but one who's there is Malcolm Subban, the 17-year-old brother of PK who currently plays for the Belleville Bulls. The other netminders are pros at various levels: Steve Mason, Eddie Pasquale and Thomas McCollum.

It's also worth noting that a couple players listed on the roster we were given weren't able to make it to the camp, with PK Subban the biggest name missing.

Here's what Stamkos had to say about the event yesterday:

"This camp's given a lot of us an opportunity to work with Matt, realize how great of a trainer he is," he said. "For the guys that are relatively familiar with trainers around the league, his name gets brought up a lot. For the Toronto based guys, he's the No. 1 guy for sure.

"We're pretty fortunate to get this camp with these two groups, led by Gary and Matt ... You have two of arguably the best trainers in our sport. They share the same common themes when it comes to working out and nutrition.

"When you combine those two together and have the groups together, it creates this competitive nature. There's a lot NHL guys here and a lot of great prospects that are going to be in the NHL."

Bissonnette, meanwhile, offered a more pragmatic (and, as usual, humorous) take on off-season training.

"I think these guys are paid about $10,000 a summer," Bissonnette said of the training staff. "You think well that's a lot of money, but it's an investment. Because if you put an extra five goals in, you're going to get way more than an extra $10,000 on your contract.

"And it's a write-off, which helps out, too."

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