Hockey season is just around the corner! The Kimberley Dynamiters are having their main camp this coming Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
This year head coach and general manager Derek Stuart says things will be a little different, having learned many lessons in his inagural season.
He says that this years camp will be smaller, because there are less roster spots open because of the number of returning veterans. There are about eight returning players, and four to five on the bubble of returning depending on tryouts with WHL or Junior A clubs.
With a smaller camp comes more intensity, "We are only going to have two teams [at camp]. With a condensed schedule in three days, and the teams seeing each other three times, the intensity and compete will be high."
Heading into camp, the Nitro's have six to seven returning defenders, which will be a massive strength for the team. However, there is more uncertainty with offense and goaltending then defence. As a result of players moving on there are some holes up front; James Farmer who was excellent on defence at the end of last season, and especially leading the power play, has been moved back to forward to help fill those gaps.
As for goaltending, this is new territory for Nitro's fans in recent memory, as the Nitro's don't have a returning goalie. Cody Campbell is listed on the teams roster, however he is trying out at the Junior A level. "You hope and want players make it to the next level," Stuart said "if they don't, we welcome them back."
It's not just the staff that are looking forward to camp, two returning players, Devon Langelaar and Farmer, are both looking forward to the upcoming camp and season.
"Looking at the roster and seeing how much potential we have," Langelaar says, "we could make a serious run for provincials." He then added, "It's my last year, I have to have high goals."
Farmer echoed the same enthusiasm, "We expect to win, it's not a given, you have to work for it. We have good guys coming back, so we definitely think we have a good opportunity."
While Stuart is excited about the season, he says the teams goals come later in the year, but added that the team wants to get to the conference finals again but have a different ending. But for now, his focus is on camp.
"We want a really intense and really competitive camp." Stuart said "We are going to make sure and hope our veterans realize that and set the tone. We want to build off the success of last season."
"We all want to get to the conference finals and have a different ending."
The camp is open to the public. It starts Friday at 6pm with practices until 9:15pm. On Saturday there will be two scrimmages, first game is at 1:30pm and the second is at 6:45pm. And then the camp concludes with a scrimmage on Sunday at 11am.
Farmer encouraged fans to come check out the camp: "We are going to give it all, we are going to be the best we can, hopefully make it fun for them to watch."
Wednesday, 23 August 2017
Monday, 21 August 2017
Tyson Brouwer played for the Kimberley Dynamiters from 2013-2016. He played in 94 games, winning 66 while posting a 2.33 GAA, and a .917 SV%. He also played in 45 playoff games, winning 32 and posting a 1.99 GAA and a .933 SV%.
This past season he played for the upstart University of Jameston Jimmies. He played in 27 games, winning 15 while posting a 2.46 GAA and .918 SV%. His efforts earned him team MVP recognition.
Friday, 18 August 2017
Braeden Ostepchuk played for the Kimberley Dynamiters in the 2011-12 season. That year he played in 30 games posting a 2.58 GAA and a .909 SV%. He then played in nine playoff games registering a 2.86 GAA and .897 SV%.
This past season he played for the Norwich University Cadets (NCAA III). He played in 18 games, winning 16, and posting a 1.83 GAA and a .924 SV%. He was also named to the First Team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of American.
Wednesday, 16 August 2017
Matt Climie played for the Kimberley Dynamiters in the 2000-01 season. In that one season he started in 26 games.
This past season he played for the Straubing Tigers (DEL). He played in 31 games, posting 13 wins, a 3.11 GAA and a .908 SV%. He played in two playoff games, losing both, but posting a 1.85 GAA, and a .952 SV%.
Monday, 14 August 2017
Jordan Roy played for the Kimberley Dynamiters in the 2014-15 season. He scored eight goals and 12 assists in 21 games. He then added a goal and an assist in 11 playoff games.
This past season Roy played for the Red Deer Rebels. He scored five goals and six assists in 63 games. H then went pointless in 7 playoff games.
Friday, 11 August 2017
Coy Prevost played for the Kimberley Dynamiters during the 2014-15 season. In that year he scored 14 goals and 35 assists in 50 games. He then would add 11 goals and eight assists in 22 playoff games.
This past season Prevost played with the Canmore Eagles. He scored 21 goals and 22 assists in 60 games.
Wednesday, 9 August 2017
Trey Doell played the 2015-16 season with the Kimberley Dynamiters. In that season he scored four goals and 20 assists in 36 games. He then added another two goals and seven assists in 19 playoff games.
This past season the defender played for the La Ronge Ice Wolves (SJHL). He scored one goal and three assists in 50 games.