The Capital News Centre Arena was filled with many fine hockey players on the weekend, as The North Okanagan Knights held their Prospects Camp. The camp is the first step in identifying talent for the 2015-2016 season and beyond.
The North Okanagan Knights are coming off a highly successful Prospects Camp, in which the club was able to identify many elite prospects.
The camp – held between June 19th and June 21st in Kelowna – was filled with prospects between the ages of 15 and 20 years of age.
Excellent attendees came from as far away as Manitoba and Michigan.
Equally exciting to the coaching and scouting staff was the strong contingent of local BC players – several of which were from the immediate and outlying areas of Armstrong.
Coach Bryant Perrier was thrilled with the weekend.
“We were very happy as a staff,” commented the coach. “The skill level on the ice was high, we had many strong players and the athleticism was exceptional for a spring camp.”
The camp served two purposes for the coach and his staff.
“We were able to identify many young players,” he said. “As well, we were fortunate to have many of our veteran players return and they practiced and played in games with many of our younger prospects.”
A good number of the players at the camp are eligible and likely to make next year’s club.
“I would say there were a hand full of players at this camp who could comfortably step into the KIJHL this season,” he commented.
While many of the club’s prospects were not in attendance due to other commitments, Perrier says the club’s scouting staff is fully aware of their abilities.
“Our talent pool is improving and talented. It is an exciting time for our fans and for our organization.”
“We are working to really assemble a good list of players who want to play here. Fall camp is going to be great.”