Optimism surrounds Neepawa Natives spring camp – Manitoba News

Optimism surrounds Neepawa Natives spring camp – Manitoba News


Optimism surrounds Neepawa Natives spring camp

By Eoin Devereux

The Neepawa Banner/Neepawa Press

If the 2017 spring prospects camp is any true indicator, the future of the Neepawa Natives is looking very positive. Around 100 young prospects from across North America hit the ice at the Yellowhead Arena this past weekend, hoping to make a lasting impression on the management and scouting staff. The makeup of talent that included about a dozen goaltenders, 25-30 defensemen and around 50 forwards. Natives general manager Myles Cathcart said this was one of the largest camps the MJHL club has held in quite some time. He added that even more impressively, the level of talent on display was also some of the best in recent memory.

“As an organization, we are very pleased with what we saw this past weekend, in terms of talent. It was a good camp. Our [participation] numbers were up and there was a very positive feeling around the rink,” stated Cathcart. “Byron Billett [Director of Player Personnel/Head Scout] and the rest of the scouting team spent so much of the hockey season on the road, evaluating many of these players. As well, the coaching staff and some of the players were running the on-ice portion of the weekend. It was a lot of work to put together, but we were happy with the response.”

Head coach Dustin Howden said a very satisfying part of the camp was seeing the amount of improvement from returning players.

“It was very exciting for the coaching staff to see that improvement. There were so many talented hockey players out there and it was good to see how they progressed. The future…



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