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Ice coaches keep options open following Major Midget evaluation camp

The Nelson Daily Sports
By The Nelson Daily Sports
August 15th, 2013

Step one on the road to playing for the Kootenay Ice came and went during the weekend at the NDCC Arena.

More than 50 players test the Major Midget waters to sway evaluators sitting in the stands and find a spot on the Ice roster.

“The camp went very well,” said Kootenay Ice head coach Mario DiBella.

“We had 54 players at came, which is the largest turn out to date.”

The BC Hockey Major Midget League was established in 2004 to provide elite level 15-17 year olds an opportunity to play within their own age group at a high level and be developed for the next level of hockey.

Players from throughout the Kootenays took to the Heritage City to be part of the Kootenay Ice, one of 11 teams in the league.

“We have 14 players returning from last season,” DiBella said.

“At this point we have committed to (goalie) Adam Maida, (defenceman) Tyler Podgorenko and Austin Tambellini and (forward) Nolan Percival,” DiBella added.

The Ice has a few weeks before taking to the ice for exhibition dates in September.

Final roster cuts will be make September 15.

The BCMMHL season opens in late September.



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