Night 2 at Rookie Camp

I didn’t get a chance to see this morning’s sessions but tonight at the Civic Center I did take in some more of the scrimmages.

The Stars put a few vets on each team in part to see how some of the younger guys would do in battles and encounters with experienced players.

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The first game saw team Black beat Gold 5-3 and Black controlled a lot of the play. A few guys stood out offensively but for me I enjoyed the physical battles. Adam Smith should be a fun player to watch this year and the 20 year old, despite playing out of position on defense, got into it physically several times. Brant Saretsky was one of the players he got into it with. D-man Josh Odelein for team Gold battled with Chris Woods a few times as well.

The second game saw team Gold stay out and take on Team White. Veterans on Gold were Smith as well as Igor Leonenko who looks good so far. He appears to have come into camp in great shape and ready to go for year 2 in the SJHL. Team White had Ryne Keller and Jack McMillen.

White jumped out to an early 3-0 lead but it was pretty even after that. A late Igor Leonenko break away goal made it a 7-6 final with team White picking up the win.

In game #3 it was a 1-1 game with team Black beating White 2-1 after a shootout. Kevin Bendall scored for White and Logan Nachtegaele replied late for Black.

Overall I thought tonight had a pretty good pace considering there must have been some really tired legs out there. And I liked the showing from a lot of the young local players. Bendall, both Jaeden and Logan Nachtegaele, Blake Oborowsky, Quinton Cubbon, Rett Taggart, Connor Sych, Layne Young, Owen Lamb, Troy Gerein and both Ryan Rewerts and Taryn Kotchorek in goal. Some of those guys look like they will be big parts of the North Stars future.

I haven’t had a chance to speak with the Stars coaching staff about what they thought so this is just speculation but I think Logan Nachtegaele has a decent chance to make the team in a 4th line role. Guys like Taggart, Young, Lamb and Gerein will in all likelihood play with the AAA Stars this year and continue to develop. I am not sure what will happen in goal at this point. It’s still early and the rookie game will play a role in some decisions I am sure.

The Stars will play a rookie game in Kindersley tomorrow which I can’t attend. Then they will send some kids back to their midget teams and trim down for the start of preseason on Tuesday when about 30 or so players will get a chance to be part of the 2014-15 North Stars roster. And I have to say after such a busy offseason I wasn’t sure what to expect. It’s early but there is a lot of talent to choose from for the North Stars this season.

Night One of Rookie Camp in the Books

The first day and night of North Stars rookie camp has come and gone with three scrimmages wrapping things up this evening down at the Civic Center.

Scores:
Gold 5 – White 4
Black 3 – White 3
Black 1 – Gold 0

First of all whoever made the teams did a great job as the games were all very even. There was a good pace to the action even though at times there were clearly some tired legs. And I made plenty of notes involving guys being physical and throwing nice hits.

I loved the mix of players as well. There was some serious size on display as well as some shifty smaller guys with speed to burn. Not to mention a lot of skill on display throughout the 3 teams. Carson Boehm scored maybe the nicest goal of Day 1 when he dangled around a D man off an attacking zone faceoff. Once he was free in the slot he was able to slide around the goalie and finish nicely.

Matthew Havens was one of several forwards on Team Gold that looked good and Havens had the biggest hit that I saw when he caught a team Black D man in open ice in the final game.

Team Black had some guys who are likely going to suit up in the Midget AAA league’s this season including Bryce Hall, Troy Gerein and Owen Lamb. A strong American contingent on that team looked very good as well. Plus team Black’s Taryn Kotchorek and Ryan Rewerts combined on the shutout in the final game. Hall set up the winner and hit the crossbar in that final session.

Scrimmages resume tomorrow morning on Day 2 of camp. Check NorthStars.ca for more.

Rookie Camp set to begin

North Stars rookie camp begins tomorrow and runs through to Monday afternoon’s game in Kindersley. Then on Tuesday the vets get involved in the action. It’s going to be an exciting long weekend to be around the Civic Center.

Yesterday I had a chance to chat with both coach Hasselberg and coach White and you could tell right away that they were fired up and ready to go. Coach Hasselberg said that this year there are a lot of good young players coming to camp and they have a very open mind in regards to the rookies. Just about any of these young players could make the North Stars if they are ready to play at this level. A couple years ago it was Jake McMillen. Last year? Reed Delainey. There have been others as well. This rookie camp can be the launching pad for young players to make a real impact. It’s also a great chance for the Stars to seel their organization to good young hockey talent.

With the Stars having a new look staff it will be interesting to see how the new dynamic works. Kevin was clearly excited about the addition of Taurean as well as trainer Sean Marcellus. With coach Atcheynum and goalie coach Travis Harrington both still involved the Stars have a lot of great coaches to work with these players.

As for coach White, he said he has settled into the Battlefords nicely and is already impressed with the support the North Stars get from their fans. White has experience with his howe town Nepean Raiders and the Brockville Braves. Last year he was the head coach in Brockville. So this is a relatively young guy with a lot of good experience as a player and a coach. Kevin also talked about his, as well as Sean’s, passion for the game.

Maybe that’s the theme of this year’s team developing already? Passion. Something North Stars teams almost always have in spades.

Coach White is a hard worker and I know he will fit right in as he mentioned to me about how hard Kevin works as well. Together they should make a great tandem.

If you want to head down to see the new additions to the coaching staff as well as the young players who make up the North Stars future the camp schedule is posted here: http://www.northstars.ca/news_article/show/414371?referrer_id=618157

5:00pm is when I will be headed down to watch some scrimmages. I hope to see plenty of Stars fans eager to get their first look at some of this year’s team. A team that will be looking to repeat as Kramer Division champions. It’s going to be fun and it starts tomorrow morning!

North Stars preseason schedule

Today the Battlefords North Stars confirmed their pre-season schedule. They open camp on August 30th and play their first preseason game on September 1st. That game is in Kindersley at 2pm.

The Stars then play a home and home with Kindersley on the 5th and 6th. Friday night in Kindersley and the next night at the Civic Center. Both games are at 7:30pm.

The Stars wrap up with a home and home against Humboldt. September 9th at the Civic Center at 7:30. The 10th at the EPA in Humboldt at 7.

Want to know what I love about this schedule? Short bus trips/car rides to watch the away games. Obviously. And even better divisional rivals! The Stars, Klippers and Broncos are going to get tired of facing each other all season long. May as well build up the rivalry and the dislike in the preseason as well. Plus divisional rivals ensure preseason games that will be as competitive and hard fought as possible. Great preparation for the Kramer Division teams leading into the regular season.

For more on the schedule check out NorthStars.ca

And go buy your season tickets already. It’s less than a month until hockey season.