Practice sessions are over. The games are done and the exit meetings have been completed. Now comes the extremely tough decisions for the Outlaws staff to sift through and attempt to put the best players on the roster that will help make this season one to remember.
Day 2 of training camp featured 2 more inter squad games between Team Black and Team White. After one day under the belt for the players nerves, the day would definitely have a little more intensity which is what you would expect as training camp rolled along.
As many players did a great job during camp and displaying the athleticism and skill on the ice, one player in particular stood out to me as taking a real leadership roll in setting the tone that you would expect from a returning player. That player is Josh Pollock. Pollock came over in a trade last season from the Aldergrove Kodiaks after it was evident that the Kodiaks were not really using him to his full potential. Well, Mission City has really turned into home for Josh. Sometimes there are players that you can really tell worked very hard in the off season to get ready for the upcoming season. This definitely rings true for Pollock. He gained some muscle weight. His skating improved from last season and his puck movement skills have also taken a drastic step forward. The maturity has always been there with Pollock and the Outlaws staff are going to be looking to a guy like him to mentor some of the younger players as he leads by example on and off the ice. I had a chance to catch up with Josh for an Interview:
There will be no rest as the Outlaws begin to get ready for the 2014/15 season as they will begin practices this week in preparation for game #1 of the season when the Outlaws will pay a visit to the George Preston Recreation Centre in Langley to take on the newly formed and former North Delta Devils, the Langley Knights on September 11, 2014.
The team will also play 2 exhibition games that have been announced as of right now. We can confirm that the Outlaws will play a preseason warm up in Langley against the Knights on September 4th at 7 pm at the George Preston Recreation Centre. Then on September 6th Mission City will host the Port Moody Panthers at the Mission Leisure Centre at 6:45 pm. There may be 1 more game but nothing has been finalized at the time of publishing this post so you will have to stay posted to find out more.
Great weekend of camp and the team looks poised to make a real memorable push this season with a lot to be excited about.
As for now you’re up to date. See you at the rink.