The Fort St. John Huskies were at the Pomeroy Sport Centre over the weekend to officially drop the puck on preparations for this year’s NWJHL season. Over 40 players were on the ice to begin camp, one of the larger turnouts the club has had for their opening camp in years.
Assistant coach Todd Alexander said not just the number of players, but quality of those on the ice speaks to the growing improvement of the program in hopes of returning it to what it once was.
“Definitely it’s working. When something goes down hard it takes a lot of work and a lot of effort to get it back to what it was and you can finally see it getting back to where it was; where it was a healthy situation and you’ve got battles and you don’t have people that are just making the team because of numbers.”
With more players auditioning to make the team, it makes the job of the coaching staff harder when it comes to finalizing the roster. It’s a good problem to have Alexander added, stating that you want to have debates about where and how to accommodate talented players for the club.
“It’s hard to make this hockey club now. It’s been getting harder every year. It’s something that we take a lot of pride in and we’ve put a lot of work in too. You also have to keep in mind for quite a few years we didn’t have a position filled that we do now. Jeremy Clothier has done numerous hours of recruiting and phone calling and it shows. It’s good on him and it’s good on the program. It makes myself and my dad’s [Gary Alexander] job a lot harder when you have this many kids out there. If you have a hard job then that’s what you want.”
The first round of cuts was made at the end of Sunday. A list of those not making the team is expected to be formally released today.