Friday, May 11, 2007

Rangers hold pre-draft camp this weekend

The Marquette Rangers will be holding their only local pre-draft tryout camp Friday through Sunday at the Berry Events Center at Northern Michigan University.

An excess of 65 hopefuls from around the country will be in Marquette for the event, which is free and open for fans to come and watch the action.

"We were very pleased with the fans' response to last year's tryout," said Rangers director of hockey operations Rich Tegge. "It's such a unique opportunity for fans to get a look at a part of the game they generally don't get to see, plus it's a chance for our fans to see who some of the future stars of the Rangers might be."

The schedule of events starts on Friday with practice sessions from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and games at 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturday begins with the first game at 8:00 a.m., followed by additional games at 9:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. with a goaltenders session scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

An All-Star game will end the weekend at 9:00 a.m. Sunday morning and will feature the players who have earned a right to be considered for the team for the 2007 – 2008 season.

The Rangers will also be holding tryouts in Chicago and Detroit later in June.

"This is where our season really begins," said Rangers head coach Randy Enders. "Fans see our final product in the fall and winter, but they don't see the process of how we put a team together. I think even the casual fan will be interested in watching this event and seeing first hand what it takes to develop a team that will compete at a high level like the North American Hockey League."

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