I was never a Division I athlete, but even in high school I quickly learned there are few things players dislike more than practice. Players want to play games and so Dave Smith has had a challenge on his hands the last few weeks.

With a break for Christmas, RPI hockey is finding ways to keep things fresh at practice. The Engineers will jump back into game action right before the new year and then ECAC play starts in earnest.

Head Coach Dave Smith has joined us on Big Board Sports every Tuesday morning and he gives us an insider's look at how RPI is preparing for conference play and handling this long lay off.