Trackers roster slowly taking shape after opening evaluation camp

first_imgThe Trackers will be back on the ice for another evaluation camp over the September 6 weekend before taking part in an icebreaker tournament during the third weekend of the money. The season is slated to begin on September 27. Head coach Shawn Brinsky was happy with the effort put out by the players and noted that the camp went well despite not having a few veterans take part for a variety of reasons.“It was a good camp. We had 36 participants show up,” he said. “There were some goaltenders and veterans away at junior camps down south as well as a couple of people not participating because of minor injuries that we hope to see come back for the second camp. The veterans we know what they’re about. It was a young group all things considered. The vast majority of kids demonstrated a strong work ethic and willingness to compete.”One area that stood out over the weekend was the large contingent of goalies. Brinsky said all played well and it forced some difficult decisions to be made doing forward.- Advertisement -“The competition was tough and there was very little margin between the grouping of the goaltenders,” he explained. “Tough decisions were made and some goaltenders were moved forward and others weren’t. I think all of the goaltenders there demonstrated they should be there. They all represented themselves well. Now we’ll regroup for the September 6 weekend with a short list of goalies. The September weekend there will be more decisions made regarding the roster and then we’ll consider who we bring to the icebreaker tournament the third week of September.”One of the downsides for coaching a team is letting a player know there will not be a spot for them on the roster. It’s a feeling that doesn’t become easy no matter how much you prepare for it.“It’s never a good thing,” Brinksy stated. “As a coach no matter how many times you do it you prepare yourself for it, and the time comes and it’s never easy. You see players that are disappointed. The one thing that I can speak from being a player and a parent is that quite often there is a strong reaction or an over reaction to not moving forward. It’s not a termination date for you as a hockey player. The question and goal and dream to play hockey really ends when a player chooses to make it end.”Advertisementlast_img read more

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