Sockeyes’ training camp set to open Sunday
Two things remain constant as the Richmond Sockeyes prepare for the 2014-15 junior hockey season—roster turnover and winning.
But that’s the price of success, one the model franchise is prepared to make year in and year out to help young hockey players advance.
For many of those years the chief architect has been Richard Petrowsky, the team’s sagacious general manager who also spends a considerable amount of time scouting for talent.
Petrowsky has had to be swift again this off-season to replenish a lineup that last season finished with the best overall record (34-5-3-2) in the Pacific International Junior Hockey League and came within a single victory of winning another playoff banner.
As the team prepares for its annual training camp, opening Sunday evening at Minoru Arenas, change is apparent.
Only seven players who suited up last season are slated to return—defencemen Trevor Lima and Jordan Andrews, forwards Troy Kaczynski, Mac Colasimone, Daniel Oakley, Matthew Bissett and goaltender Kurt Russell.
Taking nothing away from Russell (who went 9-2-1 last season in a back-up role to starter Kootenay Alder), or promising rookie Adam Cronier, the Sockeyes—recognizing the importance of the goaltending—added to the position this week by acquiring Nathan Alalouf from the Osoyoos Coyotes of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League for future considerations. The Vancouver Canadians’ Major Midget League starter two seasons ago, the 18-year-old played a pair of exhibition games last season for the Western Hockey League Saskatoon Blades before being re-assigned and playing 15 games for Osoyoos.
“Acquiring Nathan gives us an upgrade in goal. Anytime you can improve your goalies it is a good thing,” said Petrowsky.
Hopeful his work will again produce another championship contender, Petrowsky is at this point cautiously optimistic as the 2014-15 season beckons.
“We will see what we look like on Sunday, when camp starts,” he said.
TRAINING CAMP NOTES:
All training camp sessions are being held at Minoru Arenas, with the Sockeyes’ lone exhibition game versus Aldergrove Kodiaks (the defending Pacific Junior Hockey League champions) also Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 17—8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Aug. 19—8:45 p.m. to 10:15 p.m.
Aug. 21—8:45 p.m. to 10:15 p.m.
Aug. 23—7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Aug. 27—8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Sept. 2—8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Sept. 6—6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Sept. 7—10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Sept. 9—9:15 p.m. to 11 p.m.