Coaching staff with the Summerland Steam screened potential players at their main camp last week.
“It’s looking like a really strong group,” said Tim Keilty, owner of the Junior B hockey team. “Gregg (Wilson) and John (DePourcq) are both very excited about the prospects this year.”
The team, entering its third season, reached the playoffs in last year’s hockey season. Keilty expects to see another strong year from the players.
“I think we’re going to be contending for the top position in our division all year long,” he said.
DePourcq, head coach of the team, said he wanted to find players with good character, not just good hockey skills.
He added that the mix of new and returning players will add to the strength of the team.
The Steam will play their last exhibition game hosting the Osoyoos Coyotes on Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m.
The regular season begins the following weekend with five out-of-town games for the Steam, visiting Osoyoos, Revelstoke, Nelson, Beaver Valley and Spokane.
The regular season home opener is on Sept. 27, when the Steam will host the Princeton Posse.
Volunteers and billet homes are still needed for the hockey season. To participate, please call 250-462-0905.