Friday, August 22, 2008

Whalers start training camp next week

The Plymouth Whalers get back to action next week with their annual training camp, set for Tuesday, August 26 through Friday, August 29 at Compuware Arena in Plymouth Township.

Prior to camp, the 11th annual Plymouth Whalers Golf Outing, which benefits the players' education fund, will be held Monday, August 25 at the Northville Hills Golf Course.

For more information or to register, contact Char Merckel at 734-453-8400 or email her.

But the next day, it's down to business for the Whalers, the 2007 Ontario Hockey League champions, but a team that was swept in the first round of last year's playoffs by the eventual champion Kitchener Rangers.

Training Camp Schedule:

Tuesday, August 26 – Off-ice testing
Wednesday, August 27 - Blue vs. White scrimmages, 9-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. Scrimmages are open to the public
Thursday, August 28 – Blue vs. White scrimmages, 9-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. Scrimmages are open to the public
Friday, August 29 – On-ice practice at 10 a.m. The practice is open to the public

Rosters will be provided at the scrimmages.

The Whalers play their first preseason game of the season on Saturday, August 30 at 2 p.m. against the Windsor Spitfires. Plymouth opens the 2008-09 regular season on Friday, September 19 in Kitchener, with the home opener on Saturday, September 20 against Erie.

Plymouth (34-28-2-4 last season) brings back a full roster for 2008-09, which includes a host of Michigan players: Jeremy Smith (Brownstown), Josh Bemis (Clarkston), RJ Mahalak (Monroe), Beau Schmitz (Howell), AJ Jenks (Wolverine Lake), Tyler J. Brown (Westland), Mike Yovanic (Highland), Austin Levi (Farmington Hills), DJ Hastings (Grosse Ile), Brendan McLeskey (Pinckney), Myles McCauley (Sterling Heights) and Ali Dakroub (Dearborn).

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