"We've been working hard, working on team building, making sure we're ready to go at the beginning of the season," the junior defenseman said after a shinny (no checking) game Wednesday at All Seasons Arena.
Starting Sept. 15, coaches can be on the ice with players for two hours a week. The official first day of practice is Saturday, Oct. 1. Two days after that, MSU will play an exhibition game against British Columbia. Then on Oct. 7-8, the Mavs will head east to open the regular season against RPI.
"Everybody's come back in better shape and with something to prove," Elbrecht said. "We took it upon ourselves to get better in the offseason so we're ready to go."
If you followed Elbrecht on Twitter (@Elbrecth16), this summer, you've probably seen his almost daily comments about his workouts, along with the occasional inspirational quote. He said understands that there are people who will hold him accountable for those tweets.
"I enjoy Twitter; I'm not going to lie," he said. "I like to have fun with the boys and use it to keep us motivated. But also a big thing is to use it to stay connected, like with Ben Youds (Elbrecht's former defensive partner) or Kurt (Davis), who is in Europe."
After all of the recent news about the changes coming in college hockey and the WCHA, it was refreshing to take a look at this season, rather than the one coming in 2013. Mavericks coach Troy Jutting seemed to think the same way.
"It's two years away," Jutting said. "I'm worried about this year. We've got a game on Oct. 7."