Bearcat Banter: Boys Back in Town

The Truro Bearcat Training Camp is a go.

The kickoff, set for Tuesday, brings together thirty-plus players made up of returnees, off-
season acquisitions, draft picks or invites, all there with common intention.
This group, along with others who may trickle back from various Major Junior camps, will
encounter a new Head Coach.

In conversation with coach Joel Isenor, it’s clear he’s personally familiar with just two of the
expected campers – Zach Welsh and Sam Archibald – both associated with the Bearcats when he
was last Assistant coach for the club.

Basically, it’s a fresh start for all, with all positions up for grabs. For the players, it will be the
first opportunity to make that important first impression a good one.
Those returning are in a unique position. Expect that group to demonstrate leadership in
making the experience a welcoming one while showing they belong. Expect that to happen

Players hit the ice at 3:00 pm on Tuesday.

Wednesday and Thursday will feature intrasquad games, each beginning at 7:00 pm, and open
for viewing. This is when the competition begins.

Two of Truro’s four exhibition games will be held this week. Friday, the Valley Wildcats will
be at the RECC for a 7:00 pm start. Saturday, the Bearcats will be in Berwick for the return

Admission to the exhibition game is $5, at the door.

Sunday is an off day and the Camp resumes Monday at 4:00 pm.
Things happen quickly, out of necessity. It’s important to give all attendees the chance to strut
their stuff, but equally important to reduce numbers to a more manageable one.

By the end of this weekend, most MHL teams will have hit the exhibition trail to help identify
the keepers.

Two reminders: Season tickets are on sale at the RECC, and the season opener is set for
Saturday, September 16, when the Yarmouth Mariners come to town.