Vancouver, BC (Friday, December 05, 2014) – The Vancouver Stealth prepare for another busy weekend as they get set to host two scrimmages on Saturday and Sunday at the Langley Events Centre.
Prior to Saturday night’s scrimmage, the team will hold a training camp session from 9:00AM-11:00AM at the LEC Fieldhouse. Of the thirty-nine players on the roster, twenty-two of them are new faces, including fifteen rookies.
“It’s a huge week for a lot of guys”, said President and General Manager Doug Locker. “With two scrimmages we get the opportunity to look at the guys. It’s nerve-wracking, but we’re excited.”
“It’s my first NLL game,” said rookie Brandon Clelland, who was drafted 21st overall in the 2014 NLL Entry Draft. “The nerves are still there. In the first quarter I’ll just go and shake it off and keep working hard.”
“I’m just going to do what I do best,” said defenseman Bradley Kri. “Move the ball up and play defense – I might even put a goal in the net.”
Season ticket holders’ will get a chance to watch Saturday night’s scrimmage versus the Edmonton Rush (5:00PM). Sunday’s scrimmage will be open to the public when the Stealth host the Colorado Mammoth at 9:00AM at the LEC Fieldhouse.
“Early on we’re looking for chemistry with guys that we know will make the team,” said Locker. “We’ll mix in those guys with the new guys to see if there’s chemistry and see how they work.”
“We also have some decisions to make defensively and in goal,” he continued. “As the scrimmage goes on, we’ll see what the guys bring, their decisions making and fitness. We’ll see who’s going to back up Tyler Richards in net as we have three really capable guys.”
The team will start narrowing down the roster after this weekend, as they have to get down the league maximum twenty-four players by December 18.
“We’ll make a few roster decisions after Sunday’s scrimmages,” said Locker. “We’ll probably narrow it down by four to seven guys. If we can get down to around thirty going into the last training camp weekend, that’ll help.”
“It’s a lot of hard-work,” said Kri. “A lot of guys here are really putting their bodies on the line. Guys are taking bumps and bruises and getting to the dirty areas.”
All training camp sessions and scrimmages are taking place at the LEC Fieldhouse. For full details and availability on the training camp schedule, visit www.StealthLAX.com