Scott Timmins Offseason Update
Although the temperature may still be surpassing 80 degrees in San Antonio, last Saturday marked the first official day of Autumn. Other parts of the country are quickly starting to cool down and that means hockey season is right around the corner.
Scott Timmins returned to his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, this offseason where the weather has already dipped below 60 degrees on several occasions. He has spent plenty of time gearing up for the season in the gym and during off-season skates.
But now he’s happy to be back in the Alamo City. For Timmins, the countdown to Opening Night on October 13 is on.
“I’m really happy and excited for the season to start,” said Timmins, who will be in his second year with the Rampage. “Working out in the gym everyday gets old when you hit September. I’m ready to start playing some hockey.
“A good season like last year brings even more excitement heading into this year.”
Before returning to San Antonio this week, Timmins had been skating four times a week with several AHL and NHL players in Oakville, Ontario, a midway point between Hamilton and Toronto. Among the group of skaters were Rampage teammates Justin Vaive and Michael Caruso.
“It was nice having a couple teammates to skate with in the offseason,” he said. “It can be a little awkward if you are working out with different guys. But the whole group became pretty close.”
The 5-foot-11, 191-pound center added a couple pounds of muscle in the gym this summer to improve his strength on the puck and be tougher for opponents to move in the corners.
Timmins also took some time to visit family this offseason. With three siblings spread across the U.S. and Canada, the 23-year-old racked up the frequent flyer miles in the process.
But with training camp kicking off on Monday and the home opener two weeks away, Timmins is focused on hockey – and increasing his production.
Last season, Timmins recorded 11 goals and 16 assists in 70 games for the Rampage. He’s hoping to get off to a quick start and see his numbers spike early in the 2012-13 campaign.
“Personally, I want to keep improving,” he said. “I wasn’t too content with last season. I’m looking for a solid bounce-back year and to hit the ground running starting on Opening Night.”
While there will be an infusion of new faces to the Rampage roster this season, Timmins said the experience gained by the returning players, who were a part of the team’s first-ever playoff series victory, will be valuable entering this year.
“We learned a lot as a team last year,” he said. “The returning guys will be familiar with what we need to do be successful. There won’t be an adjustment period for a lot of the guys.”
Timmins, who won back-to-back championships as a member of the Windsor Spitfires (2008-10) of the Ontario Hockey League before turning pro, sported one of the most recognizable playoff beards last season for the Rampage. He’s hoping to again ditch the razor come April.
“The playoffs are the most fun time of the year and we had a good run last year,” he said. “But to win a championship, that would be even more fun. That’s our goal.”