Admirals get look at the future during prospects camp

 

The Amherstburg Admirals held a prospects camp at the Libro Centre last Thursday and Friday nights.

The Amherstburg Admirals held a prospects camp at the Libro Centre last Thursday and Friday nights.

By Ron Giofu

 

The 2014-15 Great Lakes Jr. C hockey season is still six months away, but the Amherstburg Admirals received a chance to look at their possible future last week.

The Admirals hosted a prospects camp last Thursday and Friday nights at the Libro Centre with 77 skaters and 14 goalies taking part. All the players that participated were not in junior hockey when the last hockey season ended and were looking to show the Admirals’ brass what they could do.

Admirals general manager Wes Ewer said it wasn’t only players from the Amherstburg area that attended, but players came from across Windsor-Essex County and some from Chatham-Kent. The 91 players at the camp tried to stand out but the Admirals still have a good core of players that can come back next season.

“We have a lot of guys eligible to return,” said Ewer.

Players at the camp ranged from 1995 birth dates all the way through 1998 birth dates. Ewer said he and head coach Paul Bortignon are aiming to build a defence-first club. The Admirals have their main camp in August in preparation for the regular season and the amount of players they will carry will be whittled down as the summer progresses.

Bortignon said he wants players that won’t get flustered after a bad goal or a bad shift and want to have fun on the ice.

“All I am looking for are guys willing to compete,” he said.

Players that go out and play hard and play their game have a chance to move on, he said, adding that the talent level has grown tremendously. He said he would like the Admirals to be sound from the back end out, with players willing to compete in all situations.

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