Junior Canucks looking to fill roster spots

The main camp takes pace from 7-10 p.m. at the Memorial Arena. The team has between seven to 10 spots to fill at all positions, but especially goaltending, said Neil Shuman, who is acting as the team's temporary general manager until that position can be filled permanently.

"Anybody can come to camp – even our returning players don't have a guaranteed spot on the team," he said. "We'll have a look at everybody. It's contact, competitive hockey so we're looking for kids who can play at that level."

He added they expect to have about 12 returning players this year to make up their core group.

Despite having to add several new players, and starting the season with a new coach, expectations remain unchanged for the team.

"Our expectations are always to make it to the finals in the playoffs, and to be in the top four when we come out of the regular season," he said.

The team finished fourth in the league during last year's regular season with 31 points – 35 points back of the regular season leader – and fourth in the playoffs with six points. The last time the Junior Canucks won a championship in the North West Junior Hockey League was in 2002.

The team begins this regular season on Sept. 24 with an away game against the Sexsmith Vipers.

Before the main camp, the Junior Canucks will host a conditioning camp from Aug. 26 to Sept. 8, with one ice-time per evening, open to any player 15 years of age or older. Shuman said the camp will be a great opportunity for potential players to meet their new coach, Eric Fulton.

"He's played at some very high levels of hockey – Junior 'A' and university hockey – and he has championships in every division he has played in, and he has coached some pretty decent hockey as well," he said of Fulton. "We're excited to have somebody new and somebody who is motivated to get a good team on the ice."

More information about both camps can be obtained by phoning Neil Shuman at 250-719-0942.

The team is also seeking volunteers to help out with their food booth at the Fall Fair this week. Shuman encouraged fans to come out and help support the team by purchasing food from their booth.

He added the team is looking for a permanent general manager and a trainer as well.

 

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