The N.E. B.C. and Yukon Trackers wrapped up their second pre-season camp in preparation for the start of the Northern Alberta Midget Hockey League season. With all the cuts having been made the team will take to the ice with a younger group of players than they have in years past.
Head coach Shawn Brinsky said those that took part made the coaching staff think long and hard before the club’s roster was pieced together at the end of the camp.
“It came down to having to make some decisions, and a number of players made it difficult for the evaluators. Any time that happens that’s a good thing. I thought kids showed themselves very well. They showed themselves with effort, skill, and character. Players moving forward should be proud of themselves,” he said.
As for the club he expects to have this season, Brinsky said they’ll be a young squad. With that preparation will be key not just in practices translating to games but in the lead up to games and practices as well.
“Just understanding the level of compete and effort that’s required in every minute of the practice that carries over into every minute of the game. The reality at this level is that it begins before the practice starts and before the game starts. It’s what they did the day before and the evening before leading to those events,” he stated.
The Trackers will open the season on October 2 on the road against Strathcona.