NEWS file photo Brodie Smith

Generals hockey camp boasts numbers, experience

Oceanside Junior B club to play series of scrimmages Saturday and Sunday at Oceanside Place Arena in preparation for 2016-17 season opener

Local hockey fans can get their first look at the new Quality Foods Oceanside Generals hockey team when the club hosts its main camp this weekend at Oceanside Place Arena.

On the other hand, the team may not be all that new.

“We had a lot of young kids last year and nearly all of them are coming back,” said Peter Creighton, a director with the Junior B program. “We’re now being looked at by the strongest teams in the conference as a team to beat. Of course, we’ve still got to prove that out.”

Camp opens Friday afternoon with an evaluation by veteran general manager Rob Gaudreault  and the coaching staff of first-year head coach Gerry Bickerton and assistants Scott Bickerton and Chris Lennox.

Plenty of scrimmage and game action is on tap for fans on the weekend, with scrimmages set for 9 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. Saturday. After another scrimmage at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, the roster will be trimmed and a “Top 30” game will be played Sunday at 2 p.m.

Creighton said more than 40 players are expected, a larger turnout than the camp has seen in recent years.

“We feel we have strong talent coming in; there will be good competition in the camp,” Gerry Bickerton said. “It’s definitely more about the quality than the numbers. We have an opportunity to return a good amount of quality players from last year, but the talent we saw in recruiting was worth inviting as well.”

Bickerton will be the team’s ninth head coach in three years, but he did serve as the lead assistant last season to Brad Knight.

The Generals will host Comox in an exhibition game Aug. 27, and will open the home season Saturday, Sept. 10, against the Westshore Wolves.

Just Posted

Concern over vaping grows in Parksville Qualicum Beach schools

Health officer says parents have ample reason to be concerned

Coombs Family Day Celebration cancelled

The large snowfall that hit Vancouver Island recently has led to the… Continue reading

Parksville Qualicum Beach residents advised to prepare for changing weather

Rising temperatures on Friday will produce snow, changing to rain with increasing snow melt

No specifics given for termination of Parksville CAO

Comis believes the decision was political

VIDEO: Canada’s flag turns 54 today

The maple leaf design by George Stanley made its first appearance Feb. 15, 1965

Eight cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver outbreak

Coastal Health official say the cases stem from the French-language Ecole Jules Verne Secondary

Plecas won’t run in next election if B.C. legislature oversight reforms pass

B.C. Speaker and Abbotsford South MLA says he feels ‘great sympathy’ for Jody Wilson-Raybould

Strangers save life of hiker in Cowichan

Hike up Cobble Hill Mountain turns into ambulance ride, surgery

Battling the dirty little secret of Vancouver Island’s Pacific Rim

Illegal dumping the bane on Ucluelet and Tofino area backroads

Snow days prove costly for many workers

Employment Standards Act doesn’t cover businesses closed due to weather

Workshop with ‘accent reduction’ training cancelled at UBC

The workshop was cancelled the same day as an email was sent out to international students

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual touching

Accuser went to police, interviewed by Britian’s Daily Telegraph

Man in Vancouver Island hotel shooting pleads guilty to second-degree murder

Brandon Tyler Woody, from Victoria, to be sentenced in late March in B.C. Supreme Court

Most Read