BY CLAIRE CUDAHY
The English River Miners wrapped up their training camp this past weekend, and Head Coach/General Manager Derek Sweet-Coulter says the three-day event “went very well.”
Thirty-two players spent the weekend at Port Arthur Arena in Thunder Bay participating in fitness testing, inner-squad games, and individual interviews to determine if they would become a part of the Ear Falls-based hockey team.
“A lot of the kids that we did have come into camp, we had done our research on them. We talked to a lot of people that know these kids and can vouch for them,” explains Sweet-Coulter.
“What we’re looking for is not just good hockey players, but good people. Respectful kids that are very grateful to be here. They have humility, integrity, and courage.”
Seventeen players were selected following the training camp.
“At this time I can’t mention anyone individually because I am a big believer in the team is bigger than the individual. We do have a lot of kids that have come in from out West, and they will make a difference with this club.”
The players’ speed during the training camp was another promising factor for the budding hockey team.
“The one thing that we all noticed at camp is that these kids can all skate. People that have been involved in this hockey club over the last couple of years did say that we are noticeably faster than we were in the past years so that was nice to hear,” says Sweet-Coulter. “Team speed is obviously very important at this level.”
Sweet-Coulter says he is excited to get started with practices on and off the ice.
“We have a group of humble, respectful young men that I think are going to bring not only the Ear Falls community together, but bring Red Lake and Ear Falls hopefully closer together.”
The English River Miners have their home opener on Sept. 18 against the Minnesota Iron Rangers.
Photo by Rob Doyle