Tracker Flyers set for busy pre-season weekend

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The team will start their three-game weekend Friday evening, when the Tracker Flyers play Grande Prairie. Recovery time will be minimal, as the team will travel to both Peace River and Whitecourt Saturday, for a double-header.

Newly appointed head coach Brennen Giroux says the focus this weekend is taking care of business within the Trackers’ own zone.

"This week we are really concentrating on our defensive end and our systems, because last week we played Prince George and only had a quick rundown on our defensive end Friday night."

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Giroux adds this will be the team’s focus until roughly December, and he feels that defensive responsibility within the team will lead to the team becoming offensive leaders within the league.

Despite already making the majority of cuts for this year’s roster, Giroux says there is still a few too many players on the roster, which means a few more cuts will be necessary.

He says the team’s defence has been finalized, but there are a couple more cuts for forwards, as well as in between the pipes.

Eight goalies tried out for the Tracker Flyers a couple weeks ago, and coach Giroux says they have cut that number in half, but only two goalies can make the final roster.

Exhibition games are an important factor in making those cuts, as well as how his team compares to others around the league.

"It’s a benchmark of where we are at currently with the team, in terms of system play and individual skills. So this weekend will be a good eye opener to see where we are at with the team."

This weekend's trifecta of games will conclude the Tracker Flyers’ pre-season, as they prepare for their season-opening road game against the Slave Lake Thunder on Sunday, September 30.

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