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Sol working hard to prepare for Komets season

Defenseman Cody Sol played in all 72 games last year for the Komets. News-Sentinel photo by Blake Sebring
Defenseman Cody Sol played in all 72 games last year for the Komets. News-Sentinel photo by Blake Sebring

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Defenseman focusing on improving hands and footwork

Thursday, July 16, 2015 02:16 pm
Defenseman Cody Sol was one of only two Fort Wayne Komets to play in every game last season, which doesn't simply mean he was ready to play every night. It means he prepared all summer to do that.Sol, 24, re-signed with the Komets on Wednesday. He's hoping for more of a leadership role with next season's team, and he's also working on his weight, stick-handling and footwork especially. Sol's listed playing weight is 242 pounds on his 6-foot-6 frame, but he'd like to come to training camp in early October between 230 and 235 pounds.

"I'm working with my trainer on doing a lot of explosive work," Sol said from his home in London, Ontario. "He has me doing some footwork and power drills and working on muscles that generate explosive power. Every time you do a rep, you are fully prepared, making sure that muscle is ready to go."

After undergoing minor hand surgery at the end of the playoffs, Sol said he took three weeks off from the gym to let his body heal and recover, while maintaining his stretching routine. He works out at 7:30 a.m. each day with five buddies who have used the same trainer the last five years and plays in a summer league.

"We are all pushing each other to try to get to the next level," he said. "In the season you try to maintain, and in the summer you are getting bigger and stronger and rounding out your game. We have fun and joke around, but you work hard when you have to. It's just like being in the dressing room."

During July, Sol and his buddies skate three times a week before going four times a week in August and then every day in September to make sure they are ready for training camp. He'll take a week off in August for a family vacation.

One key he said is taking the standards he established last summer and trying to pass them this year, such as bench press and squats.

"I know as a big guy I always have to work on my hands and feet, and that's always my focus," Sol said. "My dad is a painter so his paint brushes and rollers are important, but our tools are our bodies. If we can't take care of that, then we can't do our job."

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For more on the Komets, follow Blake Sebring on Twitter at @blakesebring and at his blog tailingthekomets.com.

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