The Dawson Creek Junior Canucks are ready for the puck to drop on their 2021-22 season.
The team started their year with the Canucks Hockey School, August 23 to 27, in Tumbler Ridge. The team's first school since 2019 was a popular place to be despite the location, with 70 kids skating with 16 Canucks players, in addition to coaches and staff.
"Kids camp was amazing. Tumbler Ridge was awesome again, the kids had a blast as did our guys, it was really successful," said Canucks GM and Head Coach Colby Wagar. Lunch was supplied throughout the week thanks to Evergreen Resources and Celtic Construction.
The team rolled right from the hockey school into Canucks training camp that weekend, August 27 to 29.
"Our main camp went really well, I recruited quite a few players, plus 10 returnees. We had 28 kids at camp, including seven goalies battling for two spots," Wagar said.
From there, the team will begin practices at the Memorial Arena, starting September 6, leading up to their season opener, at home against the Fort St. John Huskies, September 24.
Wagar said he's comfortable with the players he has right now.
"We'll have a completely new look to the team this year. It won't be run and gun, but a heavy set, tenacious, tough and fast team."
The Canucks will be revealing a full rebrand before the start of the season, including new colours and jerseys, giving the team a fresh new look heading into the 2021-22 NWJHL season.
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