Junior Canucks set to open camp next weekend

Better late than never, the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks training camp is a go at the Memorial Arena, September 26 and 27. Of course, the later than usual camp date won’t affect things as there is no official season start-date yet.

The Canucks are expecting 30 players to train and compete for a spot, with about 10 players returning. While 30 is less than they would normally get, the NWJHL asked its teams to cap camps to around 30 players as to limit the number of people at one place at a time, and to reduce the amount of players who would, after being cut at the Canucks camp, would have to quarantine before attending another one somewhere else. The Fort St. John Huskies held their training camp last week and also had 30 skaters.

The Canucks had a young team last year and are expecting the same in 2020-21.

“Last year we had the youngest we’ve ever had, with five kids 18 and under, still in school. It was a really good group and this year should be the same,” said Canucks GM Colby Wagar.

Goalie Matthew Enns is returning, leaving one spot open. Wagar said he invited four goalies to camp to compete for that spot. The team is anticipating some changes on the coaching side of things but no decisions have been made as of yet.

Soon after camp, exhibition games can take place (October 5 to 25, officially), though it remains to be seen who the Canucks can play, where, and how often. For the time being, Wagar said the club is focused on getting back on the ice first and foremost, and will go from there.

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