April 26, 2016
Over 50 of the top 2001 born bantam hockey players converged on Tundra Oil & Gas Place this weekend as the Virden Oil Capitals begun preparations for the 2016 MJHL Bantam Draft in Selkirk.
The three-day camp saw three teams of players take part in practices with Head Coach Troy Leslie, and a series of games coached by members of the Caps Scouting Staff and current players.
“I thought the camp went very well,” said GM & Head Coach Troy Leslie.
“Chad and his scouting staff did a great job of identifying players who would be good solid Oil Capitals in the future.”
The Oil Caps have had some success in their first four Bantam Drafts with 10 players out of 23 eligible draft picks suiting up for at least one game with the Caps since 2012.
Chad Leslie, who heads up the scouting staff feels the success all comes with preparation.
“This is the third year that we have held this draft eligible camp and it has become a big success for us.”
“We have drafted a lot better because of this process. It enables us to get to know these kids and their families prior to making our selections,” added Leslie
The Oil Caps will welcome anther group of young players to Virden this weekend in their annual spring camp this weekend.
Spring camp includes past draft picks, list players and free agents all vying for an invite to the hockey club’s training camp in September.
Heading into the final camp before the MJHL Bantam Draft, the younger Leslie went on to say it’s all about building for the future.
“As we enter our 5th season in the league, we continue to build a tradition and around good players and good people.”
An official Spring Camp schedule will be posted at www.oilcapshockey.com later this week.
OIL CAPS NEWS:
-The 2016 MJHL Bantam draft goes on Sunday June 5th in Selkirk.
-Season tickets will go on sale April 29th at 10:00am.
-Early Bird pricing will remain in effect until June 2nd