The North West Junior Hockey League season is only a couple weeks away and the JDA County Kings hold training camp Saturday through Monday at the Crosslink County Sportsplex.
The club is hoping for a big turnout.
“We are always looking for guys that are interested in trying out, whether they’re local or from out of town. It’s not capped at a certain number. We’ll give everybody a fair chance and a fair look. We don’t just set it at a certain number and leave it at that, if there’s more kids that want to come we’re definitely going to give them a look,” said Kyle Chapple, Head Coach and General Manager of the Kings.
The Kings are now four years removed from winning a league title and Chapple wants more consistency out of his team this season.
“That’s one thing we got away from last year. We were not quite consistent enough. We put some good games together and then we’d kind of go on a bad run,” he said. “Our goal going into this year is to be more consistent and put together longer winning streaks.”
Chapple adds they have a few holes to fill and will be counting on their youth.
“Our captain from last year, Joel Wamsteeker, is too old to play now. He was with us for five years. Another defenceman, Taylor Lileikis, we lost him. Those two guys were big minute eaters for us on the backend. Some young guys are going to have to step up and take those minutes, and take on the role of being that one-two pairing like those guys did last year for us.”
The Kings first exhibition game goes September 15 in Peace River. They will host Beaverlodge the following night in Clairmont.
They will kick-off the regular season on the road September 22 against the North Peace Navigators.