If you were seated in Millennium Place in Sherwood Park before 9 a.m. Thursday (guilty) with the idea of potentially seeing over $60 million of NHL hockey talent puking in public it was a letdown.

Oh it looked like Ben Eager just might. And several of the juniors at their first training camp looked like they were hoping to find a barf bag at the bench.

“There were guys on their hands and knees in the halls” reported Ryan Smyth of the aftermath. “But not any veterans.”

Young guys who had their eyes opened?

“Oh yeah” said new head coach Dallas Eakins who brought the torture test with him.

“They’d never done anything like that. Some of those boys had the shakes. They see Ryan Smyth and …”

Smyth the 16-year veteran who was with the first group to take the test along with Taylor Hall Ales Hemsky Andrew Ference and Mike Brown showed them the kind of shape a pro needs to be in to play 1198 NHL games.

While the ice was set up with slalom-style flags and laser light timing devices it was a actually a remarkably simple test.

Six trips up and back with a start time every 30 seconds. It gave you 10 to 12 seconds rest between trips.

“On the fourth and fifth trip you start to feel the burning in your legs …” said Smyth.

“At the end of it it’s all mental” said Sam Gagner.

“The last two trips your legs are shot you have to battle through it” said Justin Schultz who said he’d done some research and discovered Eakins’s history running the test and made it part of his off-season program.

“I don’t have the data” said Eakins of the results.