Hornets open camp tomorrow night in unfamiliar circumstances
For the first time since the 2007-08 season, the Alliston Hornets will
open training camp not as defending GMOHL champions, but with the goal
of unseating the Penetang Kings, who ended the Hornets title streak at
six in last season's finals.
About 60 players, including those who made it through July's rookie
camp, will be on the NTRC ice tomorrow night from 9 pm to 10 and 10 to
11 pm, and again Aug. 14, and the Rookie game in Alliston, Aug. 18, at
7:30 pm, against Caledon.
Hornets head coach Clay Birkett, who makes his first foray behind the
bench to start the season after taking over the squad last January,
said he expects to pare down the team to 23 by the time camp ends
following the annual Alliston tournament Sept. 5-7.
"This is going to be one of the most competitive camps that we have had
in the past 10 years," said Birkett via email. "It is an exciting time
of year and the next four
weeks leading up to our tournament is going to be very interesting to
say the least."
The team was busy over summer bolstering veteran presence with the
addition of Nick Arcan from the Penetang Kings, Gianluca
Pallotta, and Matt Taylor from the Mt. Forest Patriots.
"I am sure the returning players and new ones to our organization will
feel they want to be league champions again this year. That is our goal
when camp opens tomorrow," said Birkett. "We want our crown back."
2014-15 Pre-Season Schedule
Aug 12th: 9-11pm
Try-Out in Alliston
Aug 14th: 9-11pm Try-Out in Alliston
Aug 18th: 7:30 Rookie Game in Alliston vs Caledon
Aug 20th: 9-10:30 Try-Out in Alliston
Aug 22nd: 8pm Game in Caledon
Aug 25th: 9-10:30pm Try-Out in Alliston
Aug 27th: 9-10:30pm Try-Out in Alliston
Aug 28th: 8pm Game in Uxbridge
Sept. 2nd: 7:30pm Game in Alliston vs Uxbridge
Sept. 3rd: 8-9:30pm Practice
Sept. 5-7th: 16 team pre-season Tournament