Hawks open train­ing camp

Mitchell opens PJHL sea­son Sept. 9 in Goderich

The Beacon Herald - - SPORTS - ANDY BADER POST­MEDIA NET­WORK NET­WORK

More than 30 skaters and six goal­tenders took to the ice for the open­ing day of train­ing camp for the Mitchell Hawks ear­lier this month.

Un­der the di­rec­tion of new head coach Joel Ri­ley and as­sis­tants Cole Ste­wart and Rob Jar­muth, the prospec­tive Hawks went through the paces in­side the St. Marys arena.

The Hawks were back in St. Marys on Wed­nes­day night and will prac­tice Fri­day at Strat­ford’s RBC com­plex at 7:30 p.m.

Hawks’ Gen­eral Man­ager Kevin Ward said he was pleased with the tal­ent on the ice on open­ing night.

“There is some great young tal­ent that I’m hop­ing we can land,” he said, not­ing the team is mak­ing a con­scious ef­fort to find big, mo­bile skaters and it has showed thus far.

“It’s some­thing we like,” he added. “If they’re big they need to be mo­bile enough and these fel­las are.”

The Hawks also for­mally an­nounced the sign­ing of four play­ers af­ter open­ing night: Over­age for­ward Blake Pick­er­ing, of Strat­ford, Jarett Bog­don, an­other for­ward who joined the Hawks late last sea­son from Tav­i­s­tock, 20-year-old for­ward Evan Chaffe, back for his third year, and de­fence­man Luken Van Pelt, who is back for his sopho­more sea­son and who doesn’t turn 18 un­til De­cem­ber.

Pre­vi­ously an­nounced sign­ings in­clude for­ward and last year’s lead­ing scorer Derek El­liott, thirdyear for­ward Jake Fin­layson, de­fence­men Gar­rett James – an­other over­age skater from Strat­ford – and Mackin­non Hawkins, of Se­bringville, who will also en­ter his third sea­son with the club.

Tyler Parr, 17, of Strat­ford, has been signed to form one half of the goal­tend­ing tan­dem.

The team has sched­uled at least two ex­hi­bi­tion games. Mitchell will travel to Welles­ley Aug. 25 at 8 p.m., and the Ap­ple­jacks re­turn to play Mitchell Aug. 26, at 7:30 p.m., at the RBC com­plex in Strat­ford.

The 2017-18 Pro­vin­cial Ju­nior Hockey League (PJHL) Pollock Di­vi­sion reg­u­lar sea­son sched­ule has also been re­leased, with the Hawks open­ing their sea­son in Goderich on Sept. 9. They will open their 20game home sched­ule against Hanover Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

ANDY BADER/POST­MEDIA

New Mitchell Hawks head coach Joel Ri­ley keeps an eye on play­ers at the open­ing of train­ing camp ear­lier this month.

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