Ramblers training camp opens today

Dave Mathieson
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AMHERST - "To win in this league and to win in life, you have to start on the first day,"
Words of wisdom from Ramblers head coach Corey Crocker as training camp begins today.
Any player hoping to make the team should take those words to heart.
"We expect a very competive camp," Crocker said. "All the players will need to fight to make it onto the team and the 19 players who are returning will all be fighting to move up the line."
Thirty-six players will attend the camp.
Those players will be whittled down to a roster of 25.
Those players will all play for the Ramblers until Jan. 10, then the team will carry a roster of 23 players.
Crocker is looking for growth from his team.
"Last year we did very well for a young hockey team," Crocker said. "And with so many players returning the expectations of the players are going to be a little higher because they have an extra year of experience.
"But I don't want to get into putting pressure on the kids and having expectations too high. With the experience we have with some of the returning players, they know what it takes to win in this league."
Crocker wants his Ramblers to focus on keeping the goals against down and be a good defensive club.
"Being good on defense will help us on offence."
The Ramblers have both goaltenders and seven defencemen back from last year.
Andrew Flemming was last years starter in net with Patrick O'Brien played back up.
Their will be four other goaltenders in camp for a total of six.
Matthew Squires is back for his last year in junior A hockey. Jordan Escott is in his second year. Adam Chipman and Travis Turner will also be back to help lead the Ramblers.
"We have a lot of people coming back and they know what to expect," Crocker added.
The only players not returning from last years roster are Zach Carson and Jason Power. They are going away to attend university.
Andrew Oakley and Brent Lynch will not be returning because they are too old to play in the junior A ranks.
The Ramblers yesterday signed six-foot-four, 230-pound forward Matt Boland from the Quebec major junior ranks. Boland played last season with the St. John's Fog Devils, racking up 130 penalty minutes in 54 games.


Geographic location: AMHERST, Quebec, St. John's

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