Admirals’ brass impressed with main camp

 

By Joel Charron

 

The Amherstburg Admirals have a clearer picture on who will be wearing their jersey after main camp wrapped up Sunday afternoon.

Admirals main campRoughly 60 players arrived at the United Communities Credit Union Complex Saturday morning to earn a spot on the Admirals roster. After Sunday’s final intersquad game, the list was whittled down to 37.

Admirals head coach/GM Greg Prymac said it was a “very competitive camp” and he was very pleased with the effort the players put forth. He also credited owners Gaspare Spada and Joe Donato for putting on the camp.

“It’s a huge credit to the ownership to allow us to put on a camp like this,” said Prymac. “We had two sessions a day with food in between. We ran it like a Junior A camp and I think everyone was impressed.”

Last season, Prymac said an area the Admirals struggled in was depth, however after scouting during camp, depth may no longer be an issue.

“Our team last year had no depth. Now we are in a situation where we may have to cut players that played the previous year,” said Prymac. “We don’t enjoy doing that but if we are going to get to the next level, we have to improve and the only way to do that is to bring in better players.”

Prymac added there were some unexpected surprises throughout camp, making the coaching staff’s decisions even harder.

“There were some kids that we didn’t expect them to be as good as they were,” said Prymac. “It makes the decisions very tough.”

Out of the 37 players who made it to Sunday’s final intersquad game, 13 players were Amherstburg natives.

“That shows the strength of Amherstburg Minor Hockey,” said Prymac.

Josh Laframboise, who helped lead the Midget Major Stars to a Bluewater championship last season, seemed to catch the eye of Prymac.

“He had a really good camp. He’s been a really big surprise,” he said. “He’s on the verge of making this team.”

The young winger said he was nervous before camp because he felt he was in a slump, however found is groove and impressed even himself with his effort

“I think I did pretty good for my first time out here,” said Laframboise.

Laframboise mentioned it would be “amazing” to play Jr. C hockey in his hometown and credits past coaching staffs for preparing him for his chance.

“Past coaches have really helped me to progress to where hopefully I get to play at this level of hockey,” he said.

The Admirals will hit the ice in an exhibition bout against the Essex 73’s this Wednesday at the United Community Credit Union Complex. Puck drop 7:30 p.m.

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