Predators gear up for season with tryouts, training camp

The Predators Elite Female Hockey Society is hosting tryouts and training camps for all three teams this weekend, August 24 and 25, at the Pomeroy Sport Centre. The peewee, bantam and midget teams will be looking to take a step forward this season, with the bantam and midget teams entering their second year as a full-time program.

The midget team will see a new face behind the bench this season, as Rob Larson has stepped down after coaching the team during its first three years of existence.

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“I coached them for three years and it was a great experience, and now I’m ready to move on to something new,” Larson said.

Taking his place is Kevin Wollen, who brings 20 years of coaching experience with him. Wollen coached the North Peace Eagles women’s team for 13 years, and recently coached the Clearview Colts midget girls team as well.

“I wanted to see what it would be like coaching a more experienced team that travelled more often. I’m excited, and think it’s going to be a really fun year,” Wollen said.

At camp, Wollen is hoping to see a high turnout, and that the players bring a work ethic and eagerness to learn.

“I hope they come ready to play and work, and give lots of effort. That’s all you can hope for,” said Wollen.

The camp will consist of a skills session for each team Saturday morning, and a fitness and training session Saturday afternoon.

Games and skills competitions will take place on Sunday, starting with the peewees at 12 p.m. 

Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca.

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