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Kings' camp competitive
It will be a busy weekend for players trying out for the Prince George Spruce Kings at the Prince George Coliseum this weekend.
“We’re going to have about 42 players,” general manager Mike Hawes says. “It’s a small number , but it’s going to make it very competitive for the spots on the team.”
With about a dozen players back from last year’s team and four or five other players signed over the summer, Hawes expects competition for the Kings will be good.
Registration for the training camp is today (Friday), stating at 1 p.m.
“We’ll split the players into two teams, Blue and White, right away,” Hawes says, “and they’ll play the first intrasquad game that evening.”
The first game starts at 8 p.m., and is free to the public.
Saturday sees each team hold a full practice, followed by fitness testing in the afternoon. The second intrasquad game is, again, at 8 p.m. and both practices, at 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. and the game are free to the public.
Sunday will start with the final intrasquad game at 10 a.m., which again is free to the public.
“We’ll probably make some cuts after that intrasquad game,” Hawes says, “and then some more after the exhibition game.”
The Kings start their exhibition game Sunday, hosting the Merritt Centennials at 6 p.m. Admission to this game is $5 a person.
The team has two other exhibition games next week, as they travel to 100 Mile House for a neutral-site game against the Vernon Vipers on Aug. 28, then go to Merritt on Aug. 31 for a rematch with the Centennials.
The regular season starts for the Spruce Kings with a pair of games at the BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack. On Sept. 6, the Kings will be the “road” team against the Cowichan Capitals, followed by a “home” game against the Nanaimo Clippers on Sept. 7. The Spruce Kings have their first league game at the Coliseum with a doubleheader against the Chilliwack Chiefs on Sept. 13 and 14. Both games start at 7 p.m.