For me there were questions heading into camp particularly around the back end, we lost three defensemen this off season: Martin, Perpelitz and Miller. And Garcia (I'll miss that bow-tie) who was a physical force during the playoff's doesn't appear to be returning.
In brief conversations with GM Dave Smith and team President Chad Koran, they said that while there are returning players from last year, and they have obtained the playing rights to other players, all positions are fair game, pending on performance during the camp. And that competition was noticeable on ice, as the players were challenging each other to be able to get a roster spot on opening night.
The participants were divided into three teams:
The recently signed local talent: Wallace, Barzilay and Van Steinburg, all played well. The recently acquired Lucero has a sniper of a shot, and looks like he can be a consistent offensive threat. Dagostin (who's beauty is noticed by team mates) seems ready to log more ice-time as he was playing on two teams.
I personally like an up-tempo game, so I was impressed by #14 from Team Grey, Jacob Bromley. But I can also appreciate an immovable force in front of the net, so #3 from Team Red, Chet Thunderchief, stood out.
I am so grateful I don't have to make team roster decisions. The coach, GM, and president have some very difficult decisions to make before finalizing the roster.
You can catch the morphing team in action as they have four exhibition games coming up:
- Wednesday, September 3 vs Columbia Valley, 7pm at the Civic Centre.
- Friday, September 5 at Fernie, 7pm.
- Saturday, September 6 vs Fernie, 7pm at the Civic Centre.
- Monday, September 8, at Columbia Valley, 7pm.