BY DAN MCNEE
LISTOWEL – Players vying for a spot on the Listowel Junior Cyclones roster for the 2013-14 hockey season had a chance to show their stuff on Saturday at a preliminary rookie camp at Memorial Arena.
Around 75 hopefuls turned out for the camp to participate in intrasquad games and drills. New Cyclones head coach Mark Uniac said that he was impressed with those who took part.
“We got a good turnout,” said Uniac. “They’re all young but they’re a good size and they’re skating well.
“From what we can tell they all want to be here – nobody’s just out for a skate, they’re all trying to make the team.”
Uniac commented that he and his coaching staff will be looking to fill eight or nine spots left vacant by departing players. The rookie camp consisted primarily of 16-and 17-year-olds that either played ‘AAA’ or within local minor hockey league systems last year.
“It would be nice if we could get a solid five or six guys out of this camp,” said Uniac, adding that some of the players they were hoping to see were away attending Ontario Hockey League training camps and would eventually get a look as well.
The Junior Cyclones’ pre-season training camp gets underway in mid-August.