As the end of summer quickly approaches, so does the beginning of the 2014-15 Western Hockey League season.
For season ticket holders who have yet to pick up or renew their season tickets, the Prince Albert Raiders are hosting their sixth annual Raider Day on Tuesday, Aug. 26.
“It’s an opportunity for people to start forgetting about summer and start thinking about winter and hockey,” Raiders general manager, Bruno Campese said.
Starting at 9:30 a.m., the Art Hauser Centre will be open to Raider season ticket holders who will have the opportunity to check out new merchandise and specials at the Raider store.
The Prince Albert Co-op will be providing a barbecue from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Campese added that season ticket holders will have the opportunity to watch the Raiders Inter Squad game on Aug. 26 -- the final day of the main Raider training camp.
Raiders looking to round out roster with training camps
The Raiders will be holding their annual rookie and main training camps at the Art Hauser Centre from Aug. 22 to Aug. 26.
The rookie camp will showcase the talents of 44 athletes ranging from 15-17 years old. The rookie camp will take place from Aug. 22 to Aug. 24.
“It’s an opportunity for the younger kids -- the 1999s, the 1998s -- to really kind of showcase their stuff with the 1997s,” Raiders general manager Bruno Campese said.
The athletes who stand out will move onto the main training camp on Aug. 24, where they will compete with veteran players and free agents for spots on the Raiders roster. A total of 44 athletes will be at the camp.
Campese added that there are some spots available from players who have graduated.
“The biggest thing we’re looking for is competitive, spirited players … who have the drive to be winners, first and foremost,” Campese said. “If you don’t have competitive players, it’s very tough to get that out of somebody.”
The final day of the main Raiders training camp features the Raiders Inter Squad game at the Art Hauser Centre. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the game starts at 7 p.m. Admission to the game is $5. Children 12 and under can attend for free. All proceeds from admission will go to the WHL Education fund.