Friday, May 11, 2007

North Stars open first tryout camp today

More than 60 hockey players will vie for the attention of coaches and scouts this weekend at Centre ICE arena, as the Traverse City North Stars hold the first tryout camp of the off-season, dropping the puck on the 2007 Pre-Draft Camp on Friday.

The camp ushers in the Anthony Palumbo era, as the former Lake Superior State star and TC West coach begins his tenure as general manager in earnest. Palumbo and a staff of coaches and scouts will evaluate the potential candidates in advance of the May 22 North American Hockey League draft. Several players from the 2006-07 roster will be taking part in the camp, as will numerous hopefuls from across the area (TC Central, TC West, etc.) and Midwest.

Goalies check in on Friday morning and will get an afternoon skate before the residual of the skaters report for a pair of evening scrimmage and skill evaluation sessions. After four scrimmages on Saturday, a pair of specially-selected teams will face off in the Blue & White game on Sunday morning as the camp draws to a conclusion.

The complete camp schedule is as follows:

Friday, May 11
11 a.m. – Goalie check-in
Noon-3 p.m. – Goalie skate
4 p.m. – Skater check-in
5:30 p.m. – Full camp assembly in community room
6:30 p.m. – 7:50 p.m. – Teams A & B
8:00 p.m. – 9:20 p.m. – Teams C & D

Saturday, May 12
7:45 a.m. – 9:05 a.m. – Teams A & C
9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. – Teams B & D
10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. – Goalie skate
5 p.m. – 6:20 p.m. – Teams B & C
6:30 p.m. – 7:50 p.m. – Teams A & D

Sunday, May 13
10 a.m. – Noon – Blue & White all-star game

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