Preparation for the upcoming year for the N.E. B.C. and Yukon Trackers is officially underway as the team concluded their first pre-season camp. Approximately 42 skaters participated and the competition was high with players trying to leave a positive impression on the coaching staff.
Head coach Shawn Brinsky said the gap between the most and least skilled players was tight, creating a strong camp with difficult decisions to be made going forward.
“It was a very competitive camp for the most part,” he said. “We ran it more like a prep camp. Over the course of the ice times you could identify kids at every level that was there. The depth level of the camp was high. There was a very narrow margin of difference between a lot of those kids. The skill level and compete level was high.”
The club’s next camp slated for September 11-13 is expected to have even higher stakes and competition as cuts will be made throughout the weekend, including at the end on Sunday when a roster will be finalized.
“I think what we’ll probably do at this next camp is we’re going to move right into games and see how kids can play within a game,” Brinsky said. “Probably after the Saturday we’ll make some roster adjustments for these kids and go into Sunday with the most competitive two groups of kids as possible to get that final formal game on Sunday and then again make some more decisions.”
Upwards of 40 players again are expected to take part in the final audition.