The Yorkton Terriers ran their invitational annual spring camp at the Gallagher Centre Farrell Agencies Arena over the weekend. Terrier assistant coach Casey O'Brian says the Terriers had a very good spring camp with four teams of prospects from Alberta, B.C., Saskatchewan and Manitoba. "We were very impressed with the talent here and what it means for the future of the organization," O'Brian reports.
Prospects ranged from 17 year old graduating midgets to players coming out of bantam and going into first year midget. Many were youngsters who were on the Terrier list as well as those battling for a place on the list, O'Brian adds. In all some 78 players attended the camp he states.
Among the 78 were eight goalies who would have to push veteran Terrier netminders Warren Shymko, Kale Thomson and Dawson McAulay, who all can potentially return next season, O'Brian notes.
O'Brian says the Terrier staff were impressed with a lot of potentially very good players. "I thought everybody had a very good camp and a lot of guys really showed they'd improved over the course of the 2011-2012 season," he reports.
Director of player personnel Gary Carson, head coach Trent Cassan and G.M. Don Chesney have all done a good job of finding and listing players. The future looks bright, O'Brian suggests. Yorkton's doing very well. Returning veterans, new prospects and list kids all promise to put the club on a solid footing for the next few years, O'Brian predicts.
No spots are guaranteed, he declares. Everyone has to earn a place on the team. "The best players will be the best players in camp and we expect a lot of competition come fall," O'Brian closes.