Blues training camp opens Friday

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Prospective Cumberland County Blues can see if they have what it takes to make the team during the first training camp beginning Friday at 7 p.m. at the Richard Calder Arena in Springhill. 

SPRINGHILL ­– The chance to earn a spot on the roster of the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League’s Cumberland County Blues begins Friday at 7 p.m. at the Richard Calder Arena in Springhill.

Terry McManaman is back as the teams’ general manager, Robert McLure is back as coach, and Grove Sutton has come on board the Blues bench as assistant coach.

Mcmanaman is expecting the 2013 team to be stronger than last years team – a team which failed to make the playoffs.

“Last year was a rebuilding year,” said McManaman. “The Blues were a young team with several rookies.”

The Blues have several Forwards that can return – Jessie Colborne, Paul Gulliver, Zack Black, Aaron Crocker, Forrest Gulliver, Michael McLure, John Tattrie and Brett Pendergast. 

Also, this year the Blues will have five defencemen that can return – Kevin Isherwood, Gil Murdock, Chris Poole, Zack Anderon as well as goaltenders Jessie Cox, and Matt Caron.

“Returning players have to earn their spots,” said McManaman.

The team intends to reduce their camp to 23-25 players after the weekend.

The Blues will play host to a home-and-home exhibition series against the Moncton Vito’s next weekend.

Cost to attend the camp is $25.

This weeks training camp schedule is as follows:

Friday

7 to 8 p.m. – Warm up skate

8:15 to 9:15 p.m. – Scrimmage

Saturday

2 to 3 p.m. – Fitness testing

4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Blue and Gold Game 1

Sunday

10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Blue and Gold Game 2

Wednesday

7:30 to 9 p.m. – Practice and scrimmage.

Sept. 14

10 to 10:45 a.m. – Terry Fox Run

10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Team meeting

1 to 2:30 p.m. – Team practice

3 to 4:30 p.m. – Community function

4:30 to 6 p.m. – Team barbecue

7:30 p.m. – Blues vs. Moncton Vito’s (home)

Sept. 15

4 p.m. – Blues vs. Moncton Vito’s (away)

For more information call McManaman at 902-297-1121.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League

Geographic location: Fox Run

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