Camp Opens

August 24, 2017
By Gerry Hale

The final full week of August will conclude with the opening of a brand new season of Bearcat hockey.

The Truro Bearcats open their twenty-first training camp this Sunday. Itís an exciting time for those with thoughts of cracking the lineup of one of the MHLís most successful franchises.

The Bearcats finished last year second in the Eastlink South Division and third overall in the MHL. Winning their Division for the seventh time and their fourth MHL crown were accomplishments few would have expected this time last year.

Fourteen players are eligible to return from that Championship roster. Since players have options, not all will necessarily report.

Whatever the case, this group will form the leadership nucleus. Defensively, all could return giving the defence-first team a leg up on preparation.

Offensively, itís still a young group with only one twenty year-old in the mix. Itís a great opportunity to move up in the depth chart.

For sure, all who do return can think back to their 2017 Fred Page Cup appearance. They werenít satisfied and would like to get back.

Truro drafts well every year. Thereís a strong crop of players currently in the wings who should challenge for spots.

To date, the team has picked up three acquisitions from outside the Maritimes, an experienced twenty year-old and a pair of eighteen year-old forwards with scoring credentials.

It all comes together Sunday, 1:00 pm at the TAAC for Fitness Testing. Players hit the ice that evening (8:00 pm) and again on Monday for intrasquad play at 1:00 pm and 8:00 pm.

Wednesday, the team travels to Berwick to play the first of four exhibition games. Things move along quickly and making impressions is important.

This year, Bearcat ticket holders will have their seats clearly marked. All other tickets are general admission with no assigned seating. This change should alleviate delays.

Thereís no shortage of activity.

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