For Immediate Release
Sunday, May 11, 2014
The Calgary Canucks held their annual Spring Camp to see younger players interested in showcasing their skills and seeking to get an invitation to the main training camp in August. Over 140 players took to the ice over 3 days with 6 teams playing 4 games each. A high number of players received invitations to the main camp.
“The talent is the best we’ve seen,” said Canucks Head Coach and General Manager Ryan Barrett after the weekend’s games. “The quality of the players was exceptional and we were happy to see the commitment level.”
A few players have made commitments to join the team and will be announced shortly. The Canucks traditionally commit a few players during the camp, such as defenseman Andrew McCann last year.
“There are a lot of good young players this year,” he said. As a returning player, he was one of the coaches during the scrimmage games. “Keep playing your game, not everyone needs to be a scorer,” he told players under his wing.
Nicholas Herman off to the University of Lethbridge
With as many as 22 players eligible to return in the fall, the Canucks had especially been looking towards the future. However, defenseman Nicholas Herman announced that he had committed to attend the University of Lethbridge where he will study business.
“It was a lot of fun playing Junior A,” said Herman whose father had also attended U of L. “I’d love to do it again, but I need to start a different path.” Herman was eligible to return for another two years with the team.
“We’re very proud of him,” said Ryan Barrett noting that one of the team’s goals is to prepare players for their educational future. “We know it wasn’t easy, but we wish him all the best in the future.”
The Herman-less Canucks kick off their main training camp in roughly 100 days on August 18 at the Max Bell Centre.
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