Daily Herald Staff
Although the North Sask. Development Camp has been in full swing for more than a week, the first real sign that summer is coming to an end is when training camps begin.
And, this is the weekend when that annual ritual gets underway.
The Prince Albert Mintos are the first team to hold their evaluation of available talent as training camp starts on Saturday at the Art Hauser Centre with approximately 80 players trying out for the Midget AAA squad.
The Mintos, league finalists in each of the last three years, are preparing for another strong campaign in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League as they will be the host team for the Telus Cup western regional championship in April.
The Mintos’ coaching staff and scouts will be watching the hopefuls closely this weekend as the club has several openings to fill.
Jason Duret, Justin Boyer, Kylar Hope, Joel Blaquiere, Eric Young and Tanner Burgardt are among those players that have graduated from the midget ranks with all moving on to play junior hockey at various locations across western Canada.
The Mintos could also lose three more key players as Lance Yaremchuk, Bryton Sayers and Lochlan Morrison will all be auditioning for Western Hockey League clubs in the next couple of weeks. Yaremchuk is trying out with the Prince Albert Raiders, Sayers will be in Lethbridge trying to gain a spot with the Hurricanes and Morrison will be at the Hitmen camp in Calgary.
Sessions for the camp will run all day on Saturday with the annual Top 40 game scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Art Hauser Centre.