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Rangers Hit The Ice For Training Camp

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Thirty-five players hit the ice at Credit Union Place in Dauphin, this past weekend, hoping to impress the Parkland Rangers coaching staff.

The weekend culminated with the annual intrasquad game, which saw Team Blue score an 11-4 win over Team White.

Rangers head coach Tyler Carefoot was hoping to have about 30 players in camp, so he was pleased with the numbers.

“I thought as the camp wore on, there’s some younger guys that separated themselves and put themselves in the mix,” he said.

Now the team will take a break while players try their luck at junior camps.

Carefoot was pleased with the skill level displayed throughout camp. Noting there is plenty of size on the blueline, the defence, he feels, will be pretty strong this season.

“And then up front it’s going to depend on what’s going to come back. We want all of our kids to have success from the program and I wish them all well. As they come back, we’re going to welcome them with open arms and if they don’t, that’s part of the program. That’s the bitter-sweet of the program. We develop our guys to get to the next level,” he said.

The team will gather for practice, Sept. 9, and will participate in the annual preseason tournament in Souris, Sept. 17 to 19. The roster, Carefoot said, has to be submitted to the league by Sept. 20. Carefoot hopes to play at least three games in Souris.

Carefoot will be joined on the bench this year by Jerron Kyle and Dan Keeping.

Kyle, who played three seasons with the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Neepawa Natives, will be in charge of the defence, while Keeping will help with the goaltenders.

“I’m thankful that Dan and Jerron have decided to come on,” Carefoot said. “Jerron has been around the game for a long time. He’s a defenceman. I played the position of forward, so Jerron is going to be able to share some of the defensive attributes. And Dan is an up and comer. He’s very passionate about the goaltending position. He’s taken a lot of courses to become more efficient in the coaching component. So I think from top to bottom, we’re going to be able to share some of our experience with the kids.”

The Rangers open the regular season, Sept. 24, against the Yellowhead Chiefs in Shoal Lake. The two teams will meet again the next night in Dauphin.

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Doug Zywina
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