The Dryden GM Ice Dogs are gearing up for the 2018-2019 season. Training camp began yesterday at the Dryden Memorial Arena, and will wrap up with an intra-squad game tomorrow afternoon.

The team is looking forward to welcoming back Malcolm Huemmert, Reid Manning, Connor Mowatt, Eric Stout and Evan Walls, along with local players Graham Oliphant and Trey Palermo to the team this season.

 “We are thrilled with our returning core of players. From 3-year veterans like Eric Stout, to returning rookie of the year candidates like Evan Walls, we have an incredibly strong nucleus for this stage of the game,” said Mike Sveinson, President of the Dryden GM Ice Dogs.

“I’ve spoken with most of the players personally, over the summer, and they have reported back that their single focus this year is to defend their championship and to win the Dudley-Hewitt Cup.”

Returning for his third season as an Ice Dog, Eric Stout’s focus is clear. “To win the league, the Dudley-Hewitt Cup and not just play in the RBC Cup, but to win it.”.

“With last year’s unfortunate end in the Dudley-Hewitt Cup finals, I am hoping this year I can help the team make our way back to that game and ultimately win it and go to the RBC Cup,” said second year player Evan Walls, who is finding motivation in last year’s Dudley-Hewitt Cup performance

“I also hope that I can step in as a leader this year and do whatever I can to contribute to the team’s success so that we can accomplish even more in 2018/19 than we did in 2017/18. I can’t wait to get back to Dryden and start the season up.”

There will be a new face behind the Dryden GM Ice Dogs’ bench, as Ben Borton will take over as Assistant Coach. Ben has been a familiar face around the organization as Team Chaplin and billet, but the organization is excited to see him take on this new role.

“Ben brings a wealth of hockey experience as a player, official, and team chaplain to his new role as Assistant Coach of the team. With a focus on character and team building, Ben will fit in perfectly with Kurt and the rest of the bench staff to help assure that our team is coached in a way that that we are accustomed to,” added Sveinson.

Today, training camp will continue from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tomorrow, the intra-squad game will start at 11:30 a.m. at the arena.

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