The Revelstoke Grizzlies say farewell to their fans after being upset in the first round by the Sicamous Eagles in March. “I would love to repeat what we did in the regular season and definitely improve on our post-season play

New Revelstoke Grizzlies coach Kraus leads team into camp

The familiar scrape of metal on ice will return to the Revelstoke Forum when the Grizzlies kick off their main camp next Friday.

The familiar scrape of metal on ice will return to the Revelstoke Forum when the  Grizzlies kick off their main camp next Friday.

Dozens of hopefuls will take to the ice at the camp in the hopes of making an impression on rookie head coach and general manager Kevin Kraus.

“I’m bringing in kids to hopefully have a more challenging camp then we had last year,” said Kraus. “I’m looking to have things more intense this year, make the kids work a little harder and hold them more accountable.”

Kraus, 22, was an assistant coach with the Grizzlies last year; this his first year in charge of a team. He is the Grizzlies fifth head coach in five years.

The camp is the first phase in putting together a team for the regular season. After the camp Kraus will be off to Junior A camps to try and recruit players who don’t make that league. The top players at main camp will get invited to join other recruits in the pre-season in September.

The number of returning players is still up in the air and depends on who makes it to Junior A this year. The Grizzlies iced a young, skilled team last year and many players are expected to move up a league or two.

“It’s tough to say who’s coming back from Junior A or not, but I’m going to guess about eight [returning players],” said Kraus. “Probably five forwards and three defenceman.”

While the paucity of returning players makes it more difficult to recruit a team, it also helps in that it provides the Grizzlies with a reputation for developing players for higher levels of hockey.

Tyler Reay, who was acquired midway through last year, is expected to return as one of the team’s four 20-year-olds. Locals Kent Hendrickson and Riley Creighton are also expected to be back.

“The good thing is we do have a pretty good group of core players coming back that know who I am,” he said. “I feel they can translate what I want to the new kids coming in. I’m not all about finding the most skilled players with bad attitude. I’d rather have a good player with a good attitude.”

The Grizzlies kick off the regular season at home against the Chase Heat on Friday, Sept. 14. The following night it takes on Sicamous, the team’s first chance to get revenge for its first round loss last season.

The exhibition schedule has not been announced yet.

Team owner Lew Hendrickson said an advertising blitz is planned and the team will also be making a big push to sell season tickets in the lead up to the season. He mentioned several new promotions to sell tickets and he’s optimistic fans will return, even after the debacle that was the aborted move to 100 Mile House in April.

“The good news is the management from the last two years is gone and we’re starting out with a clean slate,” he said.

 

Just Posted

Revelstoke family-owned business makes a deal with a dragon

Shade Sails Canada will be working with Dragon’s Den star Vincenzo Guzzo

Kootenay-Columbia candidates attend Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce 2019 election forum

About 120 people attended the Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce 2019 election forum on Oct. 16 at the Prince Charles Theatre.

LETTER: Do we have to wait until someone freezes to death?

From a Revelstoke resident in support of the proposed cold weather shelter

Province funding $6.5 million for caribou habitat restoration

The money is available through applications for the next three years

Regional district approves proposed Revelstoke adventure park

Ammendments to the Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaw were needed

VIDEO: First all-female spacewalk team makes history

NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir did work on International Space Station’s power grid

Zantac, the over-the-counter heartburn drug, pulled in Canada, U.S.

Health Canada also investigates possible carcinogen in some ranitidine drugs

Natalie MacMaster makes Okanagan one of two B.C. stops

Queen of the Fiddle in town Oct. 24

Shooters compete in Summerland

Seven youth participants take aim

B.C. public safety minister says cannabis edibles not in stores til January

Mike Farnworth says he wants regional issues considered when it comes to licensing

Greta Thunberg calls for climate action in Alberta, but doesn’t talk oilsands

Swedish teen was met with some oil and gas industry supporters who came in a truck convoy

RDOS cannabis production bylaw goes to public hearing

Hearing on micro cannabis production facilities will be held Nov. 21

Scheer denies spreading ‘misinformation’ in predicting unannounced Liberal taxes

Conservative leader had claimed that a potential NDP-Liberal coalition could lead to a hike in GST

Council asks to limit cruise ship visits to Victoria harbour

Mayor says motion is not meant to curtail current visits or limit local cruise industry expansion

Most Read