The Lloydminster AAA Bobcats move towards the next step of solidifying a team. The Bobcats main camp is utilized to help the coaching staff make their decision on how the team will look next season.
The camp runs from August 27th to 31st, anyone from 12 to 14 years-old in the area can participate in hopes of getting on the elite AAA team. Head Coach Curtis Johnson says the camp usually starts with around 80 kids and cuts down to 25 before the exhibition season, afterwards final cuts will be made to finalize the 19 player team.
“We need all type of players on that ice, Offence minded forwards, guys who see the defensive game and guys who play a physical game as well. There are lots of things that make a successful team.”
Kids from areas such as Bonnyville, Cold Lake and Lloydminster participate in tryouts. Johnson says that a championship team can’t be built strictly off the offence. The three main qualities that he looks for is character, speed and I.Q.
” Last year wasn’t great. We had a really young team, we definitely got better as the year went on. It was tough, if you look at the win/loss record, we didn’t make playoffs.”
Every year the Bobcats hold tryouts. “We got nineteen spots to fill and everybody has got to earn it at camp,” Johnson says previous players are not promised a spot “If they put the time in during the summer they should be big part of it come this year.”
For more information on registering for the main camp, you can head to the Lloydminster Minor hockey website.