Gens looking for new players at spring camp

Jason Johns has been waiting for this weekend since he was named the Save-On-Foods Oceanside Generals head coach earlier this year and finally, the time has arrived.

The Generals host their spring camp at Oceanside Place May 2-4, free to the public. The Gens will be looking for players who can fill a few spots.

“Obviously we’ll be looking hard at anyone who can put the puck in the net. Last season there wasn’t a lot of scoring punch up front with this team and we’ll be looking to fill some top six spots,” Johns said.

“It’s only spring, but seeing that now will give us a good idea of what to look forward to when main camp comes around.”

Johns and general manager Lou Gravel were in Cowichan last weekend at the Capitals’ spring camp, where some familiar faces were on the ice.

Both Chandler Bruckyere and Brodie Smith were showing their stuff in hopes of catching on with the Junior A team. Smith, who had his rookie season last year with the Generals, has committed to the Capitals for next season.

“It was really nice to see some of our guys getting a chance to take that step to the next level,” Gravel said.

“Anytime we can have a player come through our team and help them advance their career to that next level, it’s a nice thing to see.”

Gravel has been impressed with the enthusiasm of his new head coach and said that Johns, along with returning assistant coach Rob Gaudreault, have shown signs of great chemistry on philosophy and strategies on and off the ice.

“Jason has been waiting for this weekend since we hired him. He’s been building and building up to it and now it’s finally come to be the time where he gets to get out there and really put his hands on the team,” Gravel said.

“It’s an exciting thing to watch as a general manager and we’re really looking forward to seeing what both Jason and Rob can do together.”

Spring camp will run Friday through to Sunday, starting at 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon at Oceanside Place. There will be plenty of action all weekend long, with scrimmages going on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The action will close out on Sunday with two main games, one for the younger players and one for the older players.

“It’s something that I haven’t seen or heard takes place too much here in this league,” Johns said.

“We’re going to put all the players together Friday and Saturday, evaluate them all and then on Sunday we’ll have an all–star type game. The younger kids will play against each other and the older kids will play against each other. It’s going to be a great weekend for anyone who wants to come out and see the future of this club first hand.”

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