Morrissey prepares for Winnipeg in September

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Josh Morrissey doesn’t know if he will be in Prince Albert for the upcoming 2014-15 WHL season.

Prince Albert Raiders captain Josh Morrissey, centre, looks to pass during a game last season. Morrissey will be travelling to Manitoba in September to attend the Winnipeg Jets training camp.

Calgary-born Morrissey will be travelling to Manitoba on Sept. 10 to take part in the NHL Winnipeg Jets training camp, where he hopes he’ll make the roster.

“I’m hoping to make the Jets, that’s been my goal,” Morrissey said. “I’m going to go there and do my best. In any event, wherever I end up, I’ll be happy.”

Whether or not Morrissey ends up with the Jets, it doesn’t mean that he will be missing the Raiders main training camp.

As fitness testing began on Sunday, Morrissey ran the beep-test alongside returning veteran players in the Carlton Comprehensive High School gym on Sunday.

“I’m excited,” he said. “This will be my fifth camp now here in P.A. which is pretty crazy to think about coming here as a 15-year-old.

“Now I’m 19 and I’ve kind of seen the ropes and I’ve been around a bit so I’ll try to help mentor some of the younger guys, some of the drafted players, and make them feel comfortable,” Morrissey added. “But at the same time try to prepare myself to get ready to go off to Winnipeg.”

Since being the Jets’ first round draft choice in June last year, and playing in a couple of NHL games, one of Morrissey’s goals was to become stronger.

“I’ve felt I’ve done the right things in the gym,” he said. “I’ve gained 10 lbs from the end of last season, so I’m 191-192 lbs which is a really big increase for me.”

This spring extended Morrissey’s season as he went on to join the IceCaps in St. John’s where he played eight regular season games in the American Hockey League and 20 games in Calder Cup playoffs. 

Although his extended playing season cut into his training with Crash Conditioning in Calgary, Morrissey said he’s been happy with his summer.

“I’m just excited to get the season going again.”

Organizations: NHL, Carlton Comprehensive High School, IceCaps American Hockey League

Geographic location: Winnipeg, Calgary, Manitoba Calder

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