TISDALE — Hopeful young hockey players from across the province congregated at the Tisdale RECplex, for a shot at getting to play with the Trojans in their annual Tisdale Trojans camp.
“With everything going on in the world, I think we managed pretty well,” said Dennis Kubat, the team’s head coach.
“We could only allow 50 players to come, only 30 people were allowed on the ice, only so many people in the facility at one time.”
Last year, the midget AAA hockey team drew about 65 players from across the province to their camp in Humboldt.
Kubat said the low numbers in Tisdale this year worked in their advantage, as they only needed about 10 new players.
“We had most of the guys already signed who are going to play with us, so it was just a good chance to look at those 15 or 20 other kids who hopefully will be future Trojans.”
Kubat said a highlight from the camp was the confidence he felt on the ice with returning players.
“They looked like they were a lot more confident for us this year, I really liked the guys we signed,” he said.
“We’re really pleased with the product on the ice, both with the guys we signed plus the younger guys. It’s a highlight just to watch hockey again.”
With no firm date on when games will continue, Kubat said the team’s current plan is to go one day at a time, and resume their practices with the start of the school year.
“Keep positive, even if that’s practicing for two to three months – there are many ways you can get better without even playing games. So just take every day as a positive, and whenever that day is we get to play, that’s just an added bonus.”