Panthers draft pick Bachman at ease at development camp
Florida Panthers draft pick Karch Bachman is traveling an unconventional route toward the NHL.
Bachman has played the last three seasons at Culver Military Academy in Indiana before being selected in the fifth round of last month's draft at BB&T Center. The 18-year-old forward soon found himself at Panthers' Development Camp enduring numerous physical tests, including the team's off-ice beach workout that includes several military-style exercises.
"I think Culver definitely help prepare me mentally and physically as well," the 5-foot-11, 175-pound Bachman told the team's website. "The hockey (at camp) is a step up, there's no doubt about it.
"But Culver has provided me with a little bit of an edge, mentally dealing with some of the stresses like in the beach workout. We used to do that every once in a while at Culver. Stuff like that really helps prepare me for this."
Bachman's next step in his journey will take him to the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League this season before joining Miami University in 2016-17. After that, perhaps a return to BB&T is in order, this time to play with the Panthers.
(h/t Florida Panthers)