The dress rehearsal is over.

The Mission City Outlaws concluded the pre-season on Friday in Maple Ridge with a 6-0 loss to the Flames in their lone exhibition tuneup game.

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Coach Brad Veitch says the game was a real eye opener for his players.

“The work ethic needed to be better, even going back to our training camp. It was pretty easy to emphasize that point after a game like that.”

” I think, especially for the vets, it showed that summer is over…yes we won last year, but that was last year. It’s a new season now.”

The Outlaws open the season Thursday in Surrey against the relocated Knights. Coach Veitch offered his thoughts on what his team can expect in that game.

“They have some good returnees back, like Nicholas Bizzutto and Blake McCullough. I’m sure having not just a home opener, but opening a new building again will have them hungry to get off to a good start. The other vets coming back, they’ll also want to prove that last year is in the past. We know they have 2 rookie goalies that have never played in this league, so for us, we want to test them early and often.”

As for the Outlaws, there are a number of vets back in the lineup, with a big chunk of them playing forward. The ‘Laws also added a player very familiar to local fans that also has 87 games of WHL experience in Michal Holub.

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He scored 18 points in 28 games with the Campbell River Storm last year.

Two other players with junior experience that were added include:

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Joshua Murphy from the North Van Wolfpack, the Outlaws coaching staff remarking that he is ‘a 200 ft player’.

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Trevor Sundher arrives via the Port Moody Panthers, where he had 5 points in 34 games as a rookie.

Speaking of rookies, the ‘Laws have a fine young trio of blue-liners from Yale Academy.

Mission’s Micheal Nemeth and Nick Sourtzis are 17, with 16 year old Jackson O’Brien the other. On the other end of the spectrum, Mike Hamm returns after a layoff from hockey. The 20 year old is a former A/P of the Aldergrove Kodiaks.

Up front some new faces include Jeremy Zomar, who was an A/P with MCO last year. Zomar has already reached one junior milestone. He scored his first goal as a Kodiaks A/P back in 2014/15.

Liam Robinson played for both the Abbotsford A1 Hawks and Mouat high school hockey team, where he was the top scorer with 8 goals and 15 points in 14 games.

So far, just one goalie signed in Payton Gibson.

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He was an A/P for the Outlaws last season.

Here are the returning vets. Expect GM Scott Keiler to address some needs and add depth in the next few weeks.

PLAYER NAME

POS

HT

WT

DOB

HOMETOWN

Michael Sande 

D

6′ 176

1/30/1999 (17)

Mission, BC

Cole Pisiak 

D

6’2″ 208

1/19/1997 (19)

Abbotsford, BC

Brendan Murphy 

D

6′ 195

4/9/1997 (19)

Chilliwack, BC

Tyler Wickman 

D

6’3 190

6/21/1998 (18)

Abbotsford, BC

Sammy Zeinab

F

6’0″ 150

6/19/1996 (20)

Surrey, BC

Ryan Sharma

F

6’4 215

6/4/1996 (20)

Surrey, BC

Baylee Wright 

F

5’10” 155

3/20/1998 (18)

Langley, BC

Justin Bowerman

F

5’10 170

1/18/1997 (19)

Mission, BC

Nate Castonguay 

F

5’9″ 170

1/30/1999 (17)

Mission, BC

Kyle Lennea

FD

5’10 185

7/10/1996 (20)

Mission, BC

 

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