Admirals holding main training camp Aug. 15-17 in preparation for Jr. C season

 

The Amherstburg Admirals held one of their summer skates Aug. 7 at the Libro Centre. The team holds its main training camp Aug. 15-17 with an evaluation game open to the public Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m.

The Amherstburg Admirals held one of their summer skates Aug. 7 at the Libro Centre. The team holds its main training camp Aug. 15-17 with an evaluation game open to the public Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m.

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Admirals will be hitting the ice for their main training camp this weekend as the team prepares for the 2014-15 Great Lakes Jr. C hockey season.

The camp opens Friday with fitness tests for the players with on-ice sessions scheduled for Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Admirals’ general manager Wes Ewer said the team’s summer skates are currently comprised of four teams but they will make cuts and have three teams coming to training camp.

Further cuts will be made Sunday afternoon to get the training camp roster down to two teams.

“Our evaluation game is Sunday at 6:30 p.m.,” said Ewer. “It’s free (to the public). We want as many people out as possible.”

Ewer said the Admirals have signed some good players in the off-season, with four of their first six signings being from Amherstburg. He added there are a number of players eligible to return as well so he anticipates the evaluation game to be spirited as the players battle for roster spots.

“I expect it to be an intense game to say the least,” said Ewer.

The potential is there for the Admirals to have a good season, he added, and that many good players will be given the opportunity to make the team.

“It’s up to you what you do with it,” he said.

Training camp is also open to the public, Ewer added.

The Admirals have two home games during the exhibition season. They host Wheatley Aug. 29 and Essex Aug. 31 with both games starting at 7 p.m. They play two exhibition road games as well – at Essex Sept. 2 and at Wheatley Sept. 5 – and Ewer expects the roster to almost be set by that point.

The regular season home opener is Sept. 7 against the newly renamed Lakeshore Canadiens. Ewer pointed out Sunday night home games move up to 7 p.m. from last year’s start time of 7:30 p.m. There will also be three Saturday night home games this season as well with Ewer stating there will be an opportunity for fans to interact with players at a meal afterward. Further details on that will be forthcoming as the season progresses.

The Admirals have also affiliated with the Amherstburg Stars midget major team where some midget major players will become AP players for the Admirals. Ewer said that means some of the Stars’ players will practice with the Admirals, play when necessary and possibly keep them in town when the Stars’ players are ready to advance to Jr. C on a full-time basis.

“(Midget majors head coach) Glen (Holden) is doing a hell of a job developing those kids,” said Ewer. “It makes it easier on us.”

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