Friday, May 09, 2008

North Stars open camping season

The off-season officially gets underway this weekend at Centre ICE arena as almost 70 players are set to take part in the Traverse City North Stars’ pre-draft open tryout camp.

The Stars have as many as 18 players eligible to come back from last year’s team, but head coach-GM Anthony Palumbo says that there are never any guarantees.

“Like any other camp, this is wide open,” he said. “We do have some real needs. We lost four of seven defensemen and we’re always looking for goal scoring and those who can stop goals. We’re excited to get back to work. We’re going to get to see some good hockey this weekend.”

Several North Stars from last season will be taking part in the camp, including leading scorer Nate Urbaniak, who set team records for goals and points last year. A slew of local skaters have also signed up for the event. The club will also get its first look at four of its tenders, and eyeball available talent ahead of the North American Hockey League entry draft later this month.

The players are divided into four teams that will play a round-robin of contests through Saturday night. After camp cuts are made on Saturday, the top players will take part in the camp-culminating All-Star Game on Sunday at 10 a.m.


Friday, May 9
10-11 am: Goalie check-in
12-1:20 pm: Goalies on ice
4-5 pm: Player check-in
5-5:15 pm: Player/Parent orientation
6:30-7:50 pm: Teal vs. Black
8-9:20 pm: White vs. Gold

Saturday, May 10
9-10:20 am: Green vs. White
10:30-11:50 am: Black vs. Gold
12-1:20 pm: Goalies on ice
7-8:20 pm: Black vs. White
8:30-9:50 pm: Green vs. Gold

Sunday, May 11
10 am-Noon: All-Star Game

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