Western Capitals training camp opens Aug. 24

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SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside Western Capitals will open training camp on Sunday, Aug. 24.

Summerside Western Capitals

A registration session is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Credit Union Place, which is the site for the entire camp. A meet-and-greet barbecue for season-ticket holders and players will follow at 5 p.m.

“We have worked hard over the summer to make some deals and sign some players to improve the team,” said Capitals general manager Pat McIver. “There are some spots on the team that are open, and I think the competition for roster spots will make this camp very competitive, which will add to the intensity.”

The Caps will hit the ice for the first time on Monday afternoon, with intra-squad games scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 26, and Wednesday, Aug. 27. The start time for the Red-vs.-White games both nights is 7 p.m.

Exhibition games

The Caps will play a pair of home-and-home exhibition series against the Pictou County Weeks Crushers and Amherst Ramblers.

The Crushers will visit Eastlink Arena for a Saturday matinee on Aug. 30, and the two teams will travel back to New Glasgow, N.S., the following day. Both games will start at 3 p.m., and fans are asked to note the game times.

The Caps will entertain the Ramblers at Eastlink Arena on Saturday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m., and make the return trip to Amherst on Sunday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m.

Expectations

McIver explained the team staff expects players to arrive in camp in excellent shape.

“There are never any guaranteed roster spots,” emphasized McIver. “Every position will be earned and not given.”

The Caps will open the regular season with five straight road games, starting against the Crushers on Sept. 11. The Caps will host Amherst in their home opener on Sunday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m.

Schedule

Western Capitals’ training camp schedule at Credit Union Place:

Sunday, Aug. 24

3 p.m. – Registration.

5 p.m. – Meet and greet barbecue.

Monday, Aug. 25

3 p.m. – On-ice session.

4:15 p.m. – On-ice session.

Tuesday, Aug. 26

9 a.m. – On-ice session.

10:15 a.m. – On-ice session.

7 p.m. – Intra-squad game: Red vs. White.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

9 a.m. – On-ice session.

10:15 a.m. – On-ice session.

7 p.m. – Intra-squad game: Red vs. White.

Thursday, Aug. 28

No on-ice sessions.

Media day.

Friday, Aug. 29

4:15 p.m. – On-ice session.

Saturday, Aug. 30

3 p.m. – Exhibition game: Pictou County Weeks Crushers at Caps.

Sunday, Aug. 31

3 p.m. – Exhibition game: Caps at Pictou County.

Monday, Sept. 1

Off day.

Tuesday, Sept. 2

4:15 p.m. – On-ice session.

Wednesday, Sept. 3

4:15 p.m. – On-ice session.

Thursday, Sept. 4

4:15 p.m. – On-ice session.

Friday, Sept. 5

Off day.

Saturday, Sept. 6

7 p.m. – Exhibition game: Amherst Ramblers at Caps.

Sunday, Sept. 7

7 p.m. – Exhibition game: Caps at Amherst.

Organizations: Credit Union Place

Geographic location: Amherst, Pictou County, New Glasgow

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