Westman’s Manitoba Junior Hockey League teams open training camps this week.
The Waywayseecappo Wolverines were the first to hit the ice with rookie camp on Monday and the rookie intrasquad game slated for today at 3 p.m. Wolverines main camp starts Thursday at the Waywayseecappo Arena and wraps up with Sunday’s intrasquad game at 4 p.m. Longtime Wolverines head coach/general manager Barry Butler will share coaching duties this year with Thomas Heapy and Len Dupasquier on the Wolverines bench.
"We are kind of associate coaches and we will have different roles," Butler said Tuesday during a break in rookie camp sessions.
The Wolverines will begin their pre-season schedule on Saturday, Sept. 6 when they travel to Yorkton, Sask., to face the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League champion Terriers, coached by Medora native Trent Cassan.
Meanwhile, the Neepawa Natives begin training camp under the watchful eye of head coach Dwayne Kirkup at noon Friday at the Yellowhead Centre, with camp concluding with the team’s intrasquad game on Sunday at 3 p.m. Neepawa’s first pre-season game is slated for Thursday, Sept. 4 in Portage la Prairie versus the Terriers, the host team for the 2015 RBC Cup Junior A championship.
Out in Virden, the Oil Capitals also open camp Friday evening at Tundra Oil and Gas Place, with Sunday’s intrasquad game tentatively slated for 4 p.m. Head coach/GM Troy Leslie’s Oil Capitals will play their first pre-season game on Tuesday night against the Terriers in Portage.
And up in Dauphin, the Kings kick off their three-day training camp on Friday, wrapping up with Sunday’s intrasquad game at Credit Union Place at 7 p.m. Head coach/GM Marlin Murray’s team will host the Swan Valley Stampeders to begin pre-season play on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
The MJHL pre-season schedule opens Monday night when the Selkirk Steelers — under new head coach Wayne Bartley of Killarney — travel to Steinbach to face the Pistons.
TRADING PLACES: The Oil Capitals were busy off the ice Tuesday, dealing 20-year-old forward Cody Nelson of Brandon to the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Drumheller Dragons in exchange for 18-year-old forward Lindsay MacLellan. Nelson, a graduate of the Brandon Midget AAA Wheat Kings, had 11 goals, 24 points and 160 penalty minutes in 60 MJHL games last season for Virden. MacLellan had one goal, six points and 73 penalty minutes in 45 AJHL games.
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