Hawks open training camp
Mitchell opens PJHL season Sept. 9 in Goderich
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.
New Mitchell Hawks head coach Joel Riley keeps an eye on players at the opening of training camp earlier this month.