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Is­lan­ders re­lease train­ing camp ros­ter

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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.

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