Wednesday, June 11, 2008

North Stars set for final open camp

With the continent-wide round of junior entry drafts and tryout camps now in the books, the Traverse City North Stars can embark on the de facto shaping of their 2008-09 roster.

The club will hold its final open tryout camp of the offseason this weekend at Centre ICE arena looking for the final few pieces to what head coach-GM Anthony Palumbo hopes will be a Robertson Cup contender.

“We didn’t lose anyone to the USHL draft, we have solid group coming back, and we have a strong draft class and group tenders,” Palumbo explained. “But we’re still looking for those guys who can come in and play their way into the training camp on onto our roster. We think we got some at our May (pre-draft) camp, and we think there are some this weekend.”

One player who recently decided to return to Traverse City for next season is goal-happy winger Kyle Bonis, who scored a team-record 25 goals (tied with Nate Urbaniak) through 39 games in a Stars sweater last season. Bonis, a Lindsay, Ont., native, won’t return to northern Michigan until the July 25-27 training camp, but eligible returnee Kyle Jean, and tenders Bo Jacobs and Dan Radke – both defensemen – will be among those to make their first camp appearances of the summer.

The camp will assume the traditional four-team, round-robin format through Saturday night. After player-coach conferences on Saturday evening, selected players will take part in the camp-culminating All-Star Game on Sunday at 10 a.m.


Friday, June 13
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, June 14
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, June 15
10 am-Noon: All-Star Game

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