Canadiens will host Jr B Provincials this year
Head Coach of the St. Paul Junior B Canadiens is looking forward to getting back on the ice, “I think everybody else started, we’re the last team to get going.” The Canadiens are hosting their training camp in Bonnyville, “we’ve done some recruiting and brought some guys in.”
“When it comes to training camps, if you get a big number of guys, it’s hard to work with. You want to be in that middle place. You get 40 guys on the ice it can be a hard group to work with,” after finishing third in the league last season and with the draw of being a Provincial host team, Coach Young anticipates a good turnout. “I know the guys that are coming back from last year are really excited for [Provincials]. It’s always nice to have that automatic in, but it’s a ways down the road. I’ve been talking to some people and some players, the first thing we have to worry about is the regular season.”
Coach Young played the long game, reinforcing his coaching style and staying consistent with his systems and plays helped the team build a solid foundation; which took them thew their best season in a number of years last year. He doesn’t plan to change up his coaching style, “I don’t think we’re going to change things much around here. What we’ve done, over the past four years, has worked really well. We started off as a last place team, when I first got here. Gradually, we climbed every year and finished off third last year. I don’t think we’ll do anything different, stick with the same coaching staff.”
At the end of the day, with the guys, it comes down to work ethic; it’s plain and simple. – Joe Young Head Coach St. Paul Junior B Canadiens
“I think we’ll have the best turnout for local guys in a while; which is really nice to see.” Young expects a lot of the local midget level players to attend the camp. “It’s going to be a hard team for [the midget level players] to make. But it’s a step up for them to play with [Junior B level] skaters. If nothing else, it’ll help them with their regular season and down the road, maybe they can step into our uniform and help us.”
The training camp is open for the public to view throughout the weekend at the Bonnyville Centennial Centre. Information on the camp can be found on LCN’s Events Calendar.