Raider rookie camp ends, main camp begins

Kristen McEwen
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After two days of fitness testing and scrimmages, the Prince Albert Raiders cut more than half of the rookie players who attended the Raider rookie camp on Sunday.

Goalie Ian Scott makes the save for Team Gold during the second scrimmage game at the Prince Albert Raider Rookie Camp at the Art Hauser Centre on Saturday. Scott was also carried over to the Raiders Main Camp on Sunday.

Raiders general manager Bruno Campese said the rookie camp over the weekend went well.

“It was good, I thought the competitive spirit in the camp was good,” Campese said. “For the most part, the games were tight and the players played hard so that’s why they’re here.

“They’re playing hard and showcasing their abilities,” he added. “It’s our jobs as scouts and management to move the best players on.”

The following rookie players made it to the Raiders Main Camp: defense--Ashton Heidt, Zachary Hayes, Cole De Jonge, Cody Thompson, Austin Crossley; forwards -- Sean Montgomery, Dylan Williamson, Cole Booth, Josh Maser, Parker Kelly, Dylan Stewart, Caleb Seaman, Reed Gunville, Luke Coleman, Michael Clarke, Tyler Heidt, Tyler Maser; Goalie -- Ian Scott.

While 18 players made the cut, 25 players did not move on.

“Some guys are just younger and ineligible,” Campese said. “But this camp, you integrate the younger guys with the older guys. This (stage) is going to be a lot quicker and stronger and you make sure you do all the right things by the players.”

After their Sunday morning scrimmage, rookies were not required to attend fitness testing that afternoon and given the time to rest.

The rookies will be joining Raiders veterans and free agents in the main training camp.

“We’ll just be watching the process over the next two days and see what happens,” Campese said. 

Raiders veteran players attending camp this year are as follows: defense -- Josh Morrissey, Sawyer Lange, Ryan Coghlan Mackenze Stewart, Brendan Guhle, Thomas Andrlik; forwards -- Dakota Conroy, Tim Vanstone, Matteo Gennaro, Calder Brooks, Gage Quinney, Reid Gardner, Darcy Zaharichuk, Craig Leverton; Goalies -- Rylan Paranteau and Nick McBride. Centre Jayden Hart has been listed as injured.

Morrissey will be travelling to attend the Winnipeg Jets training camp on Sept. 10.

Leon Draisaitl will not be returning to the Raiders this year since recently signing a three-year entry-level contract with the Edmonton Oilers after being selected third overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

The main camp continues on Monday morning with a Team Green versus Team Gold scrimmage at 10 a.m. followed by a second game at 6 p.m

The final day of camp coincides with the Sixth Annual Raider day on Tuesday, which includes a barbecue from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. by the Prince Albert Co-op. The annual intrasquad game will take place at the Art Hauser Centre at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Organizations: Raiders, Jayden Hart, Winnipeg Jets Edmonton Oilers Prince Albert Co-op Art Hauser Centre

Geographic location: Main Camp

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