The Golden Rockets season might be months away but that did not stop players hoping to make the team and the teams coaches from heading to a spring camp in Kamloops on May 18-19.
Head Coach of the Rockets, Ty Davidson, said it was a great weekend in Kamloops for the team.
“It was successful. We were able to get over 40 kids out to the camp. Some were veterans but there were also many players coming out of midget hockey,” he said.
Players from across British Columbia and Alberta showed up to try and win a spot on the Rockets for next season.
Davidson said there were a number of players who turned his head during the camp and impressed him with their strong play.
“I think if you look at our returning cast of players, we have a lot of skilled, offensive hockey players up front. So one of the things we are looking for are grinding, physical, hard to play against, third and fourth liners to balance out our lineup,” he said. “On the back end, we have five returning defensemen so we are really only looking for two or maybe three defensemen. We are looking for someone who can move the puck well.”
Overall Davidson was pleased with the effort he saw at the camp.
“I think that if we can walk away with three or four kids from this camp, it will be deemed a success.”
Davidson also said he was happy to see so many returning players come out and step up during the camp.
“All of veterans performed very well. It is nice to see heading into next season. Bobby Kashuba led the way in points at the camp.”
In a fun twist at the camp, Rockets player Felix Larouche was joined on the ice by two of his brothers (who are twins).
“They are contending for spots on our team. I know his father commented that it was nice to see the three boys out there skating on the same team,” Davidson said.