Cole and Nagy headed to WHL camps
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Rykr Cole (red) gets a shot off before defenceman Dustin Perillat (white) can close the gap during the annual Red and White game at the Moose Jaw Generals main camp over the weekend. Cole will be headed to Regina next week to participate in the Pats training camp. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
Two veteran players with the Moose Jaw Generals will be looking and hoping to prove their worth to their respective Western Hockey League teams in the upcoming weeks.
Regan Nagy will be headed west for the Victoria Royals camp and Rykr Cole will be headed down the Trans-Canada Highway to participate in the Regina Pats camp.
Nagy from Omega was drafted by the Royals in the second round of the 2012 Bantam Draft and will be attending his first main camp.
“I just want to work hard and be focused for every game. I just want to give them my all – that’s all I am looking forward to doing,” said Nagy. “My goal is to make Victoria this year.”
Cole, a Moosomin native was drafted by the Pats in the third round of the 2012 Bantam Draft and was signed earlier this summer.
“It was good (to sign). I think I worked hard in the off-season and I think they noticed that. When I signed the contract, it gave me a little freedom to focus on what I need to do at main camp rather than what I need to do to get signed. It has been a good opportunity, but I am looking forward to camp,” stated Cole. “I was talking to them throughout the season just small interactions. I had a feeling, but I just kept working hard and I guess that’s what they wanted to see.”
Both forwards played with the Generals in Midget AAA last season and were among the top scorers. Cole finished with 17 goals and 25 assists in 43 games and Nagy had 13 goals and 21 assists in 42 games, respectively.
They both participated in the Generals main camp over the weekend as well as the Under-17 Team West Regional Summer Camp earlier this month too.
“I think it was a good experience just to get on the ice before the real deal and lead my way into that camp,” said Cole.
Although both want to make their WHL teams, they both know they will have significant roles with the Generals squad this season if they do get returned to Moose Jaw.
“I think it would be a little disappointing, but going back here wouldn’t be too bad,” said Cole. “We got the Telus Cup in our home barn, so it would be good.”
Pats’ training camp opens Aug. 28 and Cole is hoping that all the hard work in the off-season will pay off with a roster spot.
“My goal to crack the lineup, so I am going into camp and going to do whatever it takes to make that team,” said Cole.
Nagy will participate in the rookie camp with the Royals later this week as well as the main camp. He too has his sights set on cracking that roster, but coming back to the Generals would be a decent second choice.
“It is definitely good to know that I will have a spot here and that I will be a veteran on the team,” he said. “Plus, with Telus will be pretty nice, so either way it is a win-win, I guess.”
The Generals will open their season with practices on Sept. 3 and will compete in an exhibition tournament in Swift Current from Sept. 6-8 prior to the season opening.
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