Trevor van Riemsdyk helps Blackhawks paint the United Center ice

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks open training camp Friday at Johnny's Ice House, but on Wednesday they were getting the United Center ice ready for the season.

Hawks defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk assisted crew members in painting the Indian head logo and line on the home ice.

Van Riemsdyk said it was harder than it looks but he had fun doing it.

Coming off his first full season with the Hawks, the 25-year-old defenseman is ready to ramp it back up with the season around the corner.

"We have a great coaching staff that'll put us through the drills and stuff. They've all been here and they know what it is, and a lot of us know what to expect and what it will be like," van Riemsdyk told WGN. "We're excited to get out there and play with a high pace, high energy, and just be focused when you're on the ice."