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Thunder to hold final tryout camp


The Borderland Thunder of the Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL) will hold another tryout camp this Friday--one which should help narrow down their roster before their first season starts next month.

Two weeks ago, the Thunder had signed 12 players and had six or eight yet undecided after their initial camp Aug. 4-6, which saw close to 60 hopefuls from the region come out.

General manager Brent Tookenay said some decisions concerning those have been finalized, but said he wanted to make an actual announcement after the three-day camp ended.

The camp will include those signed and unsigned in a series of scrimmages and drills. Unlike the last camp, the full coaching staff-- head coach Wayne Strachan and assistants Sean Taggert and Shane Bliss-- will be on the ice.

“There’s some kids we’d like to take another look at it,” noted Tookenay.

The camp will run at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, 10:00 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday and then again at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Tookenay said the team should have their 25 man roster by then. The Ice for Kids arena will be open to anyone for viewing or those looking to ask Thunder executives any questions about the league and the team firsthand.

He adds the team is still looking to book ice time for regular practices during season.

Season ticket sign-ups will be available at Skates and Blades and Mary’s Little Lamb on Scott Street. The Thunder is will play 24 home games in the seven-team league, starting Oct. 12 against the KC Bulldogs from Thunder Bay.

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