Camp Diary


Keep up to date on all of the Dryden GM Ice Dogs camp happenings below as we take you through each day and highlight camp activity, player profiles and what to expect from your 2015-2016 Ice Dogs on the ice this upcoming season.

Day 4 – Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

DSC_0112_smallThe 2015 Dryden GM Ice Dogs’ training camp has come to a close. Camp wrapped up with a scrimmage game of Team Blue, coached by Mark Crespeigne, versus Team Black, coached by Jessie Linner.  Final scored ended up 6-2 in favour of Team Blue.The scrimmage game allowed all players to show their talents on the ice to a number of local fans and parents who were in attendance at the Dryden Memorial Arena.Thanks to all of those who traveled from far distances to attend our 2015 main camp.More pictures from day 4 of camp can be found by clicking on this link: View Gallery

Day 3 – Saturday, August 22nd/15

DSC_0050_smallDay two of the Dryden GM Ice Dogs training camp has come to a close.
Returning forward, Kent Walchuk, feels that the team is looking good based on the performance of the players over the past two days.  He thinks that they will be better than the 2014/15 team and that all players bring a tremendous amount of skill with them.  Walchuk feels this is a great group of guys and it’s been good to meet the new players.
Dryden GM Ice Dogs’ veteran player and 2014/15 team captain, Derek McPhail, said it’s great seeing so many new faces at camp. He feels that they have depth in skate and are a solid, well rounded group of players. He is looking forward to the upcoming season as he feels the team will bring a lot of speed and physicality to their game.
First time Dryden GM Ice Dogs camp participant, Braeden Allkins, feels that the guys at camp bring a great level of skill and vision for the game. He has enjoyed meeting the players and feels like the team will have a lot of speed this season.  Allkins hails from Golden, BC where he played for the Golden Rockets Junior B team in the KIJHL.
Camp wraps up on Sunday with a scrimmage game at 2pm.  Cost to get into the game is $5 per person.  Come out and cheer for your favourite players, as well as check out the high caliber of new talent.
More pictures from day 3 of camp can be found by clicking on this link: View Gallery

Day 2 – Friday, August 21st/15

DSC_0005_smallDay one of Dryden GM Ice Dogs training camp is a wrap.
Director of Hockey Operations, Brian Bates feels that as an organization they are more organized and it’s showing with how camp started off today.  He feels that the talent is better than last year with even more skilled players.
There is a high level of competition being displayed by players. Our veterans have showed up to camp prepared and showing leadership to the newcomers.
The organization has done a good job at scouting and they will have a tough decision to make on Sunday when deciding on final cuts.  A wide variety of geography is being represented over the three days of camp covering Nebraska, western Canada, Ontario and other parts of the US.
Head Coach/GM Kurt Walsten feels that those players at camp are bigger and faster than those last year.  He is very pleased with the size, pace and compete level these players are bringing with them.
More pictures from day 2 of camp can be found by clicking on this link: View Gallery

Day 1 – Thursday, August 20th/15

DSC_0002_smallReturning players and team hopefuls came to the Dryden Memorial Arena today to register for the 2015 Dryden GM Ice Dogs’ training camp.
A total of 32 players are registered – with a few more still en route to Dryden.
Head Coach/GM Kurt Walsten and Director of Hockey Operations Brian Bates were both pleased with the calibre of players who presented themselves today and are looking forward to seeing their performances on the ice over the next three days.
More camp pictures can be found by clicking on this link: View Gallery