DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
Although there are still several months before the 2015-16 COJHL Junior ‘C’ hockey season gets underway, coaching staffs for the Port Perry MoJacks and Uxbridge Bruins will be busy this week, as both teams host Prospect Evaluation Camps to get their first look at players who may crack the opening-night roster.
The MoJacks’ camp got underway at Campus Ice Centre in Oshawa on Monday, May 11, while at the same time, future Bruins were hitting the ice at Uxbridge Arena.
Opening night for the both camps featured skill development and evaluation sessions, with games slated for later in the week.
The coaches of both teams were excited to get a glimpse of their prospects, after several months of recruiting.
“We’ve done a lot of homework leading up to this week, and have been in contact with a lot of players that we think can come in and hopefully compete for a spot with our club,” MoJacks head coach Clair Cornish told The Standard.
As well, Bruins bench boss Geoff Hodgkinson noted that the team’s staff has been on the recruiting trail in the hopes of adding another solid group of newcomers to the Bruins’ den.
“Our scouting staff works very hard at identifying players that can come in and play our style of hockey. I think there will be some great battles for spots at our main camp this week,” noted Hodgkinson.
Both teams plan to hold other events later this spring in the hopes of opening main training camp with the strongest pool of prospects possible.
Next month, the MoJacks will invite the top performers from this week’s camp to a special spring camp, where they will compete against current players.
In June, the Bruins will once again field a team in the TEP Junior Hockey Showcase tournament at the MasterCard Centre in Toronto. The three-day tournament will also feature COJHL rivals Little Britain and Georgina, as well as several teams from the Junior ‘A’ ranks.
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