Surrey Eagles' defenceman Nolan Toigo has joined the Vancouver Canucks at their 2009 Main Training Camp following an impressive performance at the team's rookie camp held last week.
Toigo’s impact among Canucks rookies was strong enough to earn him an invitation to the main camp, where he has been paired on defense with Sami Salo. The two are often skating as the defensive pair to a line with Daniel and Henrik Sedin, and Mikael Samuelsson.
Toigo spoke about the difference between the Canucks prospect camp and main camp.
“With all the pro guys there, the speed increases,” said Toigo. “I thought it was quick at prospects camp, but then you get to main camp and it’s just that much faster.”
The Delta, B.C. native attended the NHL club's rookie camp after a pair of outstanding seasons in the BCHL during which he was a top scorer among Eagles defencemen, and co-winner of the team's best defenseman award.
Toigo says his time with the Eagles under head coach Shane Kuss was pivotal to the progress he has made with the Vancouver Canucks.
“The key [with the Eagles] was giving me the chance and getting the playing time to get better,” reports Toigo. “Definitely the confidence in my play is the biggest thing I took from playing with Surrey.”