Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Warriors to host camp this weekend

The Michigan Warriors today announced the first opportunity for area fans to get a free look Mid-Michigan’s new brand of hockey.

The team has invited its top prospects and draft picks to a camp at the Flint Iceland Arena (1160 S. Elms Rd., Flint) with scrimmage game action Friday, July 30 and Saturday, July 31 and an All-Star Game Sunday, August 1 at noon.

Fans are welcome to watch as future Warriors players showcase their skills for the team’s scouting and coaching staff during camp activities. Players invited to the camp include the team’s 2010 NAHL draft picks and other prospects. Their performance in camp practice sessions and games will help determine who takes the ice for the team’s inaugural season at Perani Arena, which begins in September. The team expects to have its final 2010-11 roster in place in August.

“Not just any kid off the street is going to make this team,” said Michigan coach-GM Moe Mantha. “This is an extremely competitive league and the scouting staff and I are going to be watching these players very closely in live game situations. We want to be sure the young men who put on the Warriors sweater for Flint’s first NAHL game are highly skilled, have the hunger to win and are going to represent this community the way it deserves to represented.”

Camp Schedule

Friday, July 30
Practice from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 11 a.m. to noon
Live-action games from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 31
Practice from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 11 a.m. to noon
Live-action games from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug 1
All-Star Game noon to 2:30 pm

Camp activities will take place at Iceland Arena while the team’s home rink, Perani Arena, undergoes a series of continuing renovations in preparation for the upcoming season. Upgrades to the facility’s roof, food service and concessions areas are scheduled for completion by September.

The arena already has seen improved lighting installed since Firland Management began investing in the fan experience after taking over operations at the 4,000-seat facility earlier this year. Additional upgrades are planned.

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