Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Lethbridge Hurricanes Training Camp Begins

After 5 long months of no hockey, the Lethbridge Hurricanes will open their 2011 training camp today at Adams Ice Centre on the northside.

Around 65 players will be attending the camp, which will wrap up on Sunday. The Hurricanes first WHL exhibition game is set for next Thursday, September 8th when they play the Calgary Hitmen in Taber.

Players will register this afternoon and then take part in an orientation, before practices begin. The entire training camp schedule is posted below.

2011 Training Camp Schedule:

Wednesday August 31
3:00 – 5:00 Registration – All Players
5:00 – 5:30 Player/ Parent Orientation
6:00 – 7:00 Team A Practice
7:15 – 8:15 Team B Practice

Thursday September 1 - Open to Public
9:30 – 11:00 Team A vs. Team B
12:00 – 2:00 Practice : All other players
3:00 – 4:30 Team B vs. Team A
5:30 – Team Event (Closed)

Friday September 2 - Open to Public
8:00 – 9:45 Team Red vs. Team Blue
12:45 – 2:30 Team Red vs. Team White
5:30 – 7:15 Team Blue vs. Team White

Saturday September 3 - Open to Public
8:00 – 9:45 Team White vs. Team Red
12:45 – 2:30 Team White vs. Team Blue
5:30 – 7:15 Team Blue vs. Team Red

Sunday September 4 - Open to Public
8:30 – 9:30 Practice 3rd Place Team
11:00 – 12:45 Championship Game

Hurricanes Communications & Events Manager Ryan Ohashi will be posting a training camp report on the Hurricanes website throughout the course of camp. That will also be posted here on the blog. I'll be attending camp for a bit each day too and will provide a few thoughts over the next few days.

The Canes are promising a competitive training camp this year. Fans will also get a look-see at the 16 year olds trying to make this team for the first time, including the Hurricanes highest-ever draft pick, Jay Merkley, who was taken 3rd overall in the 2010 Bantam draft. Head Coach and G.M. Rich Preston said a few weeks ago that a few the 17 year old players that missed making the hockey club last season as 16 year olds will be coming in stronger and hungrier this year.

Let the fun begin!


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