Brett Howden felt like he did everything he could to prove he deserves a spot on the Moose Jaw Warriors roster.
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Brett Howden of Team White looks on net and attempts to use Brandon Armstrong of Team Black as a screen during the Moose Jaw Warriors intrasquad game on Sunday afternoon at Mosaic Place. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
process,” said Howden. “It is not about if you make the team now or if it is tomorrow. It is still a couple weeks away until you can find out, but I’ve done all I can and it is up to them now.”
Howden and Team White lost 4-1 to Team Black in the Warriors intrasquad game on Sunday afternoon at Mosaic Place.
Although the game was a good way for Warriors’ head coach Tim Hunter, general manager Alan Millar and their scouts to see the players, there was still a lot on the line for the players.
“Even though we are on the same team, you are still battling with the guy right next to you. You are trying to push them and do the best you can,” said Howden. “Even with the guys on the other team … you know it is friendly competition. All is good at the end of the day, but when it is game time, everyone is a rival.”
This is the first year that Howden is trying to crack the lineup for a full-time position.
He played five games last year for the Warriors — the maximum he could play as a 15-year-old.
A year older and after another camp, Howden feels like it was a good experience.
“They have both been great learning years,” he said. “This year, I am trying to make the team. Last year, I was ineligible, but they guys have been great. I couldn’t ask for a better place to be than Moose Jaw.”
It was a long week for the rookies — on Thursday, all players participated in fitness testing and then the rookies when straight into practices and a scrimmage. On Friday, there were more scrimmages.
For those that made it through to main camp, there were more scrimmages on Saturday and Sunday.
“It was a long couple of days … two games every day and especially for us young guys, we had rookie camps,” he said. “I think everybody performed well and everyone worked really hard to the end. Everyone is tired, but we all pushed until the end.”
Howden set up two goals in the first scrimmage on Saturday morning and looked good throughout the weekend with his strongest day on Saturday.
With camp over, Howden and the Warriors will turn their focus to some exhibition games this week.
The team will play in a rookie game on Tuesday against Swift Current (7 p.m., Mosaic Place) and Howden is looking forward to that opportunity.
“I still just want to prove what I can do,” he said. “I think it will be a good game, especially against Swift Current with a good rivalry. I am excited to get these pre-season games started.”
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