Call it the end of pre-preseason and the start of preseason.
The Minnesota State men's hockey team had its first practice of the season with coaches on Thursday, going through an hour-long workout at All Seasons Arena. Starting Thursday, coaches get two hours of ice time with their teams per week until the official start of the season on Oct. 1.
"This is the preseason," MSU coach Troy Jutting said afterward. "We're setting up for the first practice.
"It was good. The intensity was good. The kids worked hard. It was short, so we don't get too far into things. But it's a chance to start getting used to the pace."
The Mavericks will have another hour-long practice on Friday and then have three 40-minute practices in each of the next two weeks, Jutting said.
Senior goaltender Austin Lee said it was a good first day.
"It was good to get the first-year guys acclimated to the speed of practice. That's always fun," he said.
Senior Michael Dorr said he and fellow captain Tyler Elbrecht have been running captains practices as well as some on-ice drills to get ready for Thursday. The team has also been running and doing other dryland workouts.
"Guys are in good shape," Dorr said. "But there's a difference between on-ice shape and running shape."
Jutting praised MSU strength and conditioning coach Tom Inkrott, saying he "did a great job this summer with the kids."