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Generals hold spring camp at Mosaic Place

Ray Wareham and Jeremy Ebbett are happy with what the future looks like.

Chantz Petruic tries to move around Brett Harasymuk and get to the puck during the Moose Jaw Generals spring camp on Sunday afternoon at Mosaic Place. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman

The coaches for the Moose Jaw Generals got a bit of a break from preparing their team for the Telus Cup as the organization held their annual spring camp over the weekend.

“We think we have a pretty good crop coming in next year,” said Wareham.

There were approximately 120 players from across the province checking out the Generals’ program, the facilities at Mosaic Place and trying to crack an invite to main camp in the fall.

“It started off a little slow, but there are lots of kids and they are probably nervous coming in, but as it went on, it got a little better and the games were pretty close,” said Wareham. “We can’t complain about that. The kids put forth the effort, now we have to go through all this and (see) who will come back to main camp.”

The players were divided into six different teams and scrimmages were held throughout Saturday and Sunday.

To say it was hard to get the coaches to notice you would be an understatement.

“It is a tough battle and not many spots open. I just am trying to crack the roster because I want to play on this team,” said Chantz Petruic, a Moose Jaw native. “There were a lot of hard working players out there. The coaches had a lot of players to look at.”

There were a good group of players that tried out and tried to prove what they could bring to the Generals team that is going to go through a big turnover at the end of this season that could see a minimum of six and a maximum of 10 move on.

“One guy that caught our attention was Jayden Davis from Estevan. I thought he worked extremely hard all weekend long. Then you get Matthew Chekay from Regina, who also got our attention,” said Wareham. “We were a little surprised with a couple of guys that come out of nowhere and caught our attention, which is always nice to see. Then we could say the opposite of some other guys too.”

A handful of local kids also performed well throughout the weekend.

“I thought young Petruic had a good weekend. He worked hard and if there is a knock on him, that might be it, but I thought he worked hard,” said Wareham. “Kaleb Bell is another kid that has been flying around.”

Petruic led the Bantam AA Tier 1 Warriors in points this season and was in the top 20 of league scoring. He felt like he did what he needed to do in order to stand apart from the others.

“They know me as a guy that put the puck in the net, I’m physical … I think I did pretty well this weekend. I just tried to work my butt off,” Petruic said. “Last year was tough against all the older guys, but this year, I felt more comfortable on the ice and I could do more.”

With so many players coming to the Generals camp, it was promising to see for the program.

“We think we run a good program and we always get positive feedback about how we run things here. We think to think that we take care of the kids — on and off the ice,” said Wareham. “Schooling is obviously important and it is not always about hockey — it is a life learning experience for them to move away at 15 and to become young men. We take a lot of pride in that.”

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