Over 125 hockey players were in Springfield this past weekend for the Springfield Jr. Blues Main Camp. The camp started Friday with players competing in 6 games throughout the day and returned early Saturday morning where 3 more games were played, followed by the first round of roster cuts.
The camp was trimmed to 81 players that consisted of 49 forwards, 23 defensemen and 9 goaltenders. These players gave their all over the next two days in attempt to make the All-Star Game on Sunday afternoon.
Following games on Saturday night and Sunday morning, the All-Star Game Roster was set. The two teams were made up of 24 forwards, 13 defensemen and 4 goaltenders. This game was a player’s final chance to make an impression on the Springfield coaching staff and earn an invite back to the teams training camp.
After a well-played, hard fought hockey game by all the All-Stars of camp, the final cut was made and Springfield Head Coach Tyler Rennette met with the newest members of the Springfield Jr. Blues as a team.
“It was a very successful camp, however it was very tiring as players had to compete in up to 6 games to battle for a spot.” said Coach Rennette. “We have about 30 guys that we are inviting back for training camp and we’re excited about the team that we have assembled so far.”
“There were tough decision that had to be made, but we feel that we are in a good spot to be successful this season.”