This morning’s practice from the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena was an exciting one. Mike Ribeiro was on-hand for his first day of work as a member of the Milwaukee Admirals after having cleared waivers and being reassigned to the AHL by the Nashville Predators. Marek Mazanec was also a participant after being reassigned late last night.
The overwhelming focus for several people will be Ribeiro. Was he going to report? How would he handle the situation if he did? And, all of the various other questions, leaned towards negative headspace aspect of what Ribeiro could be like having the last few days that he has had.
I was kicked back in the seats for practice and saw Ribeiro’s first moments in the rink. I can honestly say my worries were lifted instantly because seeing his face light up with a huge smile as he viewed the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena said enough for me. He looked genuinely happy to be at the rink and that translated into his first practice with the team. He was very active in communicating with players and looked to be nothing but positive in the way he was conducting himself.
Ribeiro was paired with Justin Florek and the newly named CCM/AHL Player of the Week Frédérick Gaudreau. It is worth noting that Mike Liambas was an absentee from practice today. I did not find out as to why the was the case but Derek Army filled into his place.
After practice I was able to get several interviews conducted. I had the joy of getting to do them alongside the great Tim Van Vooren of FOX 6 as well. Here were all of today’s interviews following Monday practice.
Comments on the comments? What is your general reaction and feeling of Mike Ribeiro as a member of the Milwaukee Admirals? Do you feel like his presence could be a huge boost to the group?
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