MEDICINE HAT, AB – The future of the Medicine Hat Tigers was on full display over the weekend, as the team held their annual Orientation Camp.
Twenty-six prospects suited up for the camp’s climax on Sunday, which was the team’s annual Team Black vs. Team White scrimmage.
Players rotated through five minute shifts, being placed in a number of game-time situations such as even strength, power plays, penalty kills, and three-on-three overtime.
The camp concluded with a shootout, with Team Black winning the championship by a 5-4 final.
Overall, Tigers Head Coach and GM Shaun Clouston was quite pleased with how the three-day camp went.
“I thought it was great,” said Clouston. “I thought we had a great effort, enthusiasm, and was very impressed with the speed, skill, and talent.”
One of the prospects under the microscope this weekend was goalie Garin Bjorklund, who was selected 21st overall by Medicine Hat in this year’s bantam draft.
Bjorklund said although it was just a practice jersey, it was a special moment putting on the Tigers jersey for the first time.
“Being able to be a Tiger is one of the best feelings,” said Bjorklund. “So, putting on the logo is a dream come true.”
This year’s camp spanned players from the last three draft classes, along with commits to the team that weren’t drafted.
While competition was the most important aspect, Clouston added it’s great to see the prospects get to know each other.
“There’s a lot of future teammates out there,” he said. “So, it’s great to see them in once place and competing against each other, but hopefully starting some new friendships.”
Defence prospect Daniel Baker echoed many of the same feelings that his potential bench boss had.
“They’re all really good, really skilled,” said Baker. “So, it’s cool to meet some of the guys you know you could potentially be playing with in the future.”
Players and coaches will now take the summer to train and evaluate, with Tigers training camp scheduled for August.
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