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Lakers open camp this weekend

By Randy Thoms Sep 8, 2023 | 6:21 PM

The Fort Frances Lakers are opening training camp this weekend at the Memorial Sports Centre with thirty-four prospects looking to gain an opening day roster spot.

Six goaltenders, ten defensemen, and eighteen forwards will take part in off-ice fitness testing, skills development sessions and scrimmages.

There are ten returning players with two signed during the off-season.

On Sunday, a select number of players will travel to Dryden for pre-season exhibition games against the Red Lake Miners and Dryden Ice Dogs.

The players will be on the ice at 6:30 p.m. tonight for practice followed by a scrimmage.

They are back on the ice at 8:00 a.m. Saturday for another practice and scrimmage, followed by a third scrimmage at 6:30 p.m. that night.

All scrimmages are open to the public.

The games in Dryden are scheduled for 4:00 p.m. against the Red Lake Miners and at 7:30 p.m. against the Dryden GM Ice Dogs.

All games will be played at the Dryden Memorial Arena.

2023/24 Lakers Main Camp Roster
*Denotes Signed

Connor Dawson (Yellowhead Chiefs U18 AAA, 2005/09/14)
Curtis Fritschler (Bakersfield Roughnecks USPHL, 2004/01/23)
Jack Orchard (Kam River Fighting Walleye SIJHL, 2003/04/22)
Gunner Paradis (Thunder Bay Bandits LJHL, 2004/08/01)
Tucker St. John (Stonewall Jets MMJHL, 2004/04/20)
Lukas Toth (Port Alberni Bombers VIJHL, 2005/06/14)

Alex Booth (Fort Frances Muskies High School, 2007/10/10)
Branden Boress (Fort Frances Lakers SIJHL, 2004/05/28)
Foster Couvier (Yellowhead Chiefs U18 AAA, 2005/05/21)
Josh Greene (Fort Frances Lakers SIJHL, 2003/09/24)
Evan Kabel (Fort Frances Muskies High School, 2005/12/28)
Darnell Kempf (Fort Frances Lakers SIJHL, 2004/03/21)
Kale Nelson (Kenora Thistles U18 AAA, 2006/05/12)
*Deagan Watson (Warroad High School, 2006/06/19)
Matt Wherley (International Falls High School, 2004/10/06)
Reid Zurkan (Fort Frances Lakers SIJHL, 2004/06/05)

Jesse Arendt (CDA Hockey Academy, 2005/04/10)
Dakota Cooper (Thunder Bay Kings U16 AAA, 2007/02/06)
Brandon Gustafson (Kenora Thistles U18 AAA, 2005/02/21)
Edouard Hamm (College St-Bernard U18, 2005/04/14)
Gage Hordy (Thunder Bay U18 AA, 2005/05/05)
*Landon Lowes (Kenora Thistles U18 AAA, 2005/07/02)
Callum McCormick (Fort Frances Muskies High School, 2006/10/28)
Griffin McGraw (Thunder Bay U18 AA, 2006/08/13)
Noah McPherson (Fort Frances Muskies High School, 2005/08/03)
Nolan Rideout (Fort Frances Lakers SIJHL, 2004/07/27)
Trever Sanderson (Fort Frances Lakers SIJHL, 2003/01/13)
Clark Scaddan (Fort Frances Lakers SIJHL, 2004/09/22)
Ian Snooks (Fort Frances Lakers SIJHL, 2004/01/01)