With baseball wrapping up yesterday we can now officially turn the page to hockey season and the arrival of the Class of 2013 in Swift Current.
First I want to congratulate Broncos F Zac Mackay and prospect D Reid Fritzke on leading the Swift Current Midget AA Indians to the Western Canadian Championship gold medal game yesterday. They did the whole region proud and really probably would have had a much better shot at winning the game if they weren’t forced to play games at 12, 3 and 6 on the same day. Mackay and Fritzke were both monsters for the Indians and it’s pretty amazing how they’ve been able to be elite level athletes in both baseball and hockey. Kudos.
Now both guys have to turn their attention to trying to make sure they’re on the roster for the Broncos come late September.
The weekend also saw the training camps for both local Midget AAA teams. I did a story about that over on Swift Current Online that you can check out. Hopefully good things come for both local clubs this season.
Now today is an exciting day for Bronco fans as we get our first glimpse of the WHL Bantam Drat Class of 2013. Headlined by first round pick Tyler Steenbergen, the entire class the Broncos drafted back in May will be making their way to “Where Life Makes Sense” to get their first taste of life as a Bronco. It’s a chance for us to see a little bit of what made them enticing prospects and get a glimpse at the future of the team.
For a refresher on the 2013 draft you can click here for our draft day coverage.
I’ll try to catch up to some of the guys today and tomorrow. I won’t be able to make the on ice session which goes from 6pm to 7:15pm because we’ve got Home Hardware’s Overtime live from Boston Pizza tonight on The Eagle 94.1 FM. We’ll be joined by Connor Sanvido on the show so check it out.
Main camp starts with fitness testing on Wednesday and on-ice sessions on Thursday. Here is the schedule…
2013 Training Camp Scrimmage Schedule
Thursday, August 22nd
4-5:45PM: Team Sakic vs. Team Tiger
6-7:45PM: Team Trottier vs. Team Ruskowski
Friday, August 23rd
4-5:45PM: Team Sakic vs. Team Trottier
6-7:45PM: Team Tiger vs. Team Ruskowski
Saturday, August 24th
4-5:45PM: Team Trottier vs. Team Tiger
6-7:45PM: Team Ruskowski vs. Team Sakic
Sunday, August 25th
1-3:30PM: Black and White Intra-Squad Game (ticket proceeds will benefit United Way)