Islanders release training camp roster
More than 20 players who wore the Charlottetown Islanders uniform last season are coming to this year’s training camp.
The preliminary list of 46 players was released on Thursday, but general manager Grant Sonier cautioned it doesn’t mean positions are guaranteed.
“With the number of returning players, as well as a new head coach, we are expecting a very competitive camp,” he said. “We expect all our players to show up hungry and prepared for what should be a very big year for our franchise.”
Training camp begins Aug. 10 at the Pownal Sports Centre.
The first 13 players the Islanders drafted this year are coming to camp, while its final two picks, both Americans, are not.
Goalies Luke House, a 2014 third-round pick of the Islanders, and Nicholas Dawe, who served as Daryl MacCallum’s backup in the playoffs, have both decided not to attend.
“Of late, he’s decided that he wants to focus on school and play at home for another year,” Sonier said of House, a native of Corner Brook, N.L.
The team has invited goalies Guiaume Briere and Oliver Chalifour, defencemen Jesse Annear, Mathieu Rego and Ryan Gillam as well as forwards Hunter McIntyre and T.J. Shea to camp.
The team will have four overage players in camp, fighting for three positions. They are defencemen Dexter Weber and Guillaume Rioux-Legault and forwards Quinn O’Brien and Oliver Cooper.