Hopefuls out in numbers for rookie camp

By Tony Saxon, Guelph Mercury – There will be a hodge-podge of raw talent on display at the University of Guelph Saturday as the Guelph Storm holds its annual one-day rookie camp.

After fitness testing, meetings and lunch, 30 hopefuls will hit the ice for a scrimmage at the U of G gold rink from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

“Everyone that we expected to come will be there,” Storm coach/general manager Jason Brooks said Friday. “There’s a couple of guys who are committed to schools that we didn’t expect would come, but that’s it.”

The camp includes players almost certain to make next year’s squad (first round pick Matt Finn), players from last year’s draft with a good shot of making next year’s team (Ryan Horvat) and once-highly regarded picks who have failed in two previous attempts to crack the lineup (2008 draft picks Shawn Crowley and Kurt Gottschalk).

“There’s a couple of ’92 birth year that we want to have a look at and talk to, then there’s a few free agents we want to have a look at. Maybe they can earn an invite to the main camp,” Brooks said.

The free agents include 19-year-old Riley Sonnenburg, an Ottawa Senators property who the 67’s have given permission to try out in Guelph. Sonnenburg played junior B in Elmira last season.


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