Top players attend hockey camp

Hockey players from around British Columbia and beyond attended the Summerland Steam main camp at the end of August.

Hockey players from around British Columbia and beyond attended the Summerland Steam main camp at the end of August, hoping for a chance to play on the Junior B hockey team.

Gregg Wilson, co-owner and general manager of the team, said 45 players, all of them talented, were at the camp Aug. 22 to 24.

He said the strong hockey season last year attracted strong players.

“Because of the season we had last year, the kids were calling us,” Wilson said. “We didn’t have to call them.”

This year’s team will feature 12 returning players for the 23 spots on the team, but Wilson said the returning players were not guaranteed they would be playing again.

“It was tough for our returning players. They had to earn their spot back,” he said.

At present, 19 of the spots on the team have been confirmed, as seven new players have been signed.

The remaining four spots will be determined during the exhibition games in September.

In addition, some of the players on the team may have a chance to advance to Junior A hockey.

Wilson said John DePourcq, coach of the team, has worked to develop a strong program for the players.

In addition to filling out its roster of players, Wilson said the Steam also needs host families for out-of-town players.

He said 11 players will require billet homes this year, but only five of them have a place to stay at present.

Volunteers are also needed for various team functions. These include people to provide security, compile statistics and assist with the 50-50 draws.

Those interested in hosting players or becoming volunteers are asked to call Wilson at 250-462-0905 or email greggwilson@summerlandsteam.com.