It was a busy first day for the newest Moose Jaw Warriors.
The 2012 draft picks arrived in the Friendly City on Thursday evening and were introduced to the Warriors staff and the 2011 draft class. The players were welcomed with a dinner and reception prior to prospect camp opening on Friday morning.
Current Warriors, captain Kendall McFaull and Andrew Johnson as well as former Warriors Spencer Edwards and Brennan Wray were also on hand to welcome the new players to Mosaic Place and to help with out this weekend, on and off the ice.
“We are just going to hang out with them and if they have any questions, sometimes they don’t want to ask coaches, so it’s better to go to the coaches,” said McFaull. “We’ve been through this before. We know what its all about.”
McFaull was willing to give up some advice for some of the players that might have be nervous about performing in front of the coaching staff throughout the off ice testing and on ice scrimmages.
For Zach Sawchenko, a second round pick in the 2012 draft, it was an honour to put on the Warriors jersey on Thursday evening.
“It was a real honour for me, especially coming out of this association with great players, like Quinton Howden, Theo Fleury,” he said. “It’s just a real honour and hopefully I can make this team and win a Memorial Cup for these guys.”
The Calgary native played 15 games for the Calgary Royals with a 1.47 goals against average and a .944 save percentage. Sawchenko uses a butterfly style approach and is quick in the crease.
“I just want to try and get a feel for the WHL with the Warriors,” he said of his expectations for this camp. “I just want to come prepared for next year and try to give myself the best possible chance to make this team.”
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