Tough decisions for Hurricanes coaching staff

Steven Mah
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The Swift Current AA Midget Hurricanes had a plenty of talent on the ice at training camp over the weekend

The recent success of the Swift Current K-Motel Midget AA Hurricanes, as well as the Kabos Bantam Raiders, has led to some good problems for the Hurricanes’ coaching staff.

The Hurricanes have been among the top teams in the South Sask AA Midget Hockey League the past few seasons, including their first league championship in 2012.

52 players tried out for the Hurricanes this weekend and the coaching staff planned to trim the roster down to 19 players after training camp.

“It has gone really well,” said head coach Greg Hurrell during the final day of camp. “We cut down for the intersquad game to some of the best quality hockey players I have seen in a very long time in Swift Current.”

Hurrell said the coaching staff had some difficult decisions to make.

“It is really tough to make the final cuts, it is going to be very tough to do that. There is a enough hockey players here for two AA teams this year. Obviously we have to make our cuts. It is really hard to do, but it has got to get done.”

Hurrell said that his veterans were being pushed hard for rosters spots by a promising group of newcomers.

“The young guys that played Bantam AA are really pushing the older guys. They know that and they have been told that all weekend. They are showing it again today. The young guys want a spot on this team just as much as anybody else so they are really pushing.”

Hurrell agreed that the team’s recent success has helped bring in a strong group of players to camp once again.

“I think so. I think everybody realizes that we are a force to be reckoned with in the South Sask League and they all want to be part of it. This year it just happens that there were a lot of eligible players that moved up from the Raiders, quality players that came from other towns in our radius, so they wanted to be part of it as well.”

Assistant coaches Scott Cassidy and Tony Francouer have moved on this season to help the AAA Legionnaires.

“Mike Rossiter came on board and Mike has a lot of experience coaching hockey. We are really anxious and excited about the year,” said Hurrell.

The Hurricanes will attend an evaluation tournament in Whitewood this weekend. They will open their regular season in the South Sask Midget AA Hockey League on September 28 when they visit the rival Notre Dame Hounds. The Hurricanes will host their home opener the following day when they host the Notre Dame Bantam Hounds on September 29 at 3 p.m. at the Credit Union iplex.

Organizations: South Sask Midget AA Hockey League, Swift Current K-Motel Midget AA Hurricanes, South Sask League Credit Union

Geographic location: Swift Current, Notre Dame, Whitewood

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