The Estevan Bruins expect to have around 70 players, including many of their top prospects, at their annual spring camp from April 25 to 27.
Head coach and GM Chris Lewgood said they’ll have prospects come to camp from across North America. At least half a dozen players will be from the U.S. A couple of players from northwestern Ontario will also be at camp.
There’ll be a healthy contingent of local players, too, headlined by forward Chase McKersie and defenceman Mason Benning – 1996-born players who spent last season in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League.
McKersie led the Yorkton Harvest in scoring this season with 19 goals and 45 points in 44 games. Benning had seven goals and 16 points in 43 games with the Battlefords Stars, who reached the league final.
Brad Arabia, who spent last season with the Thunder Bay Kings Midget AAA program, will also be at camp.
But there are others who won’t be in attendance, because they’ll be competing at the Telus Cup national midget AAA championship. Those players include Brayden Delorme of the host Moose Jaw Warriors and forward Ryan Duret (Prince Albert Mintos).
Duret is the younger brother of Bruin forward Jason Duret.
Also absent from camp will be defenceman Joshua Rieger, who is out of the country for school-related reasons.
Lewgood said it’ll be a good chance to look at some of the club’s other prospects, and some non-list players.
“We’re really excited about seeing some of these guys, and having guys like Chase McKersie and Mason Benning there will give us a good measuring stick,” said Lewgood. “Obviously those guys are high-end prospects.”
Scrimmages will begin in the evening of the 25th, continue throughout the day on the 26th, and wrap up early in the afternoon of the 27th.