© Herald Photo by Dave Leaderhouse
New assistant coach Gord Hobson outlines a drill he wants the Team White players to perform during a practise session at the A&W Bears fall training camp on Saturday at the Art Hauser Centre.
The Prince Albert A&W Bears got back to work on the weekend when approximately 40 hopefuls were put through their paces at the annual fall training camp held at the Art Hauser Centre. The Bears will be looking for as many as 12 new players as a number of last year’s squad have graduated including the team’s two leading scorers Kelly Regnier and Kaitlin Willoughby. The Bears will also have a new face behind the bench as Gord Hobson takes over from Lynn Regnier as an assistant to head coach Jeff Willoughby, the two-time Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League coach of the year. Jerome Mrazek will also be back to help with the coaching duties. The Bears, who lost to the Regina Rebels in the league final last year, are expecting to have another strong season as they have a veteran presence in goal with Jessica Vance returning for a fourth season while on the blueline they have four of the six from last year – Brooke Hobson, Aleece Anderson, Morgan Willoughby and Breanne Neudorf - back for another campaign. Up front is where the club was hoping to uncover some help this weekend as just Amy Weightman, Crystal Berube and Tylor Lindsay are returning to the team. The Bears will have a final practise session today with more decisions to be made following the workout and the club will get its first taste of game action when it travels to Swift Current on Sept. 6 for a weekend tournament. The Bears have two other pre-season games on the schedule with the lone appearance on home ice coming on Sept. 12 when the Saskatoon Stars pay a visit to the Art Hauser Centre. Game time that night is 7:30 p.m.