The Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club opened their 2012 Training Camp today at the Don Hartman North East Sportsplex, 5206 – 68 Street NE, with rookie fitness testing. Over 75 Hitmen prospects, including all 10 of the 2012 bantam draft selections, were put through a series of five tests conducted by Hitmen strength and conditioning coach Sean Hope-Ross and the National Sports Development staff. The top performers in each category are listed below.
135 lbs. Bench Press: Kyle Lissel (23 reps)
Chin-ups to Muscular Failure: Geordie Keane (23)
Broad Jump: Cole Zimmerman (2.54 metres)
Beep Test: Lawson McDonald, Addison Bazian, Andrew Jack, Shaun Cook (Stage 12)
Curl-ups to Muscular Failure: Ben Shushkovsky (79)
Rookie Camp on-ice practice sessions and games begin tomorrow, Friday, August 24 at 8:30 a.m. The top rookies will advance to main camp which opens Saturday evening and concludes Tuesday, August 28 with the annual Calgary Hitmen Intra-Squad Game.
All on-ice Training Camp sessions, including the annual Intra-Squad Game, are free and open to the public. Rosters will be available at the Don Hartman North East Sportsplex.
Calgary Hitmen 2012 Rookie Camp Itinerary
Friday, August 24
8:30AM – 9:30AM Practice 1 (White)
9:45AM – 10:45AM Practice 2 (Red)
11:00AM – 12:00PM Practice 3 (Black)
12:15PM – 1:15PM Practice 4 (Copper)
1:30PM – 3:30PM Game 1 (White vs. Red)
3:45PM – 5:45PM Game 2 (Black vs. Copper)
Saturday, August 25
8:30AM – 10:00AM Game 3 (Red vs. Copper)
10:15AM – 11:45AM Game 4 (Black vs. White)
12:00PM – 1:00PM Goaltender Development (All Goalies)
1:15PM – 3:15PM Game 5 (Red vs. Black)
3:30PM – 5:30PM Game 6 (White vs. Copper)
Calgary Hitmen 2012 Main Camp Itinerary
Saturday, August 25
5:45PM – 7:30PM Fitness Testing
Sunday, August 26
8:30AM – 10:00AM Game 1 (White vs. Black)
10:15AM – 11:45AM Game 2 (Red vs. Copper)
1:00PM – 3:00PM Game 3 (Red vs. Black)
3:15PM – 5:15PM Game 4 (Copper vs. White)
Monday, August 27
9:00AM – 10:30AM Game 5 (Black vs. White)
12:00PM – 1:30PM Game 6 (Red vs. Black)
3:00PM – 4:30PM Game 7 (Red vs. White)
Tuesday, August 28
11:00AM – 1:30PM Game 8 (Intra-Squad Black vs. White)
Following Training Camp, the Hitmen will play a total of six pre-season games with the only local game taking place at WinSport (C.O.P.) on Friday, September 7 at 7:00 p.m. versus the Red Deer Rebels. On Saturday, September 22, Calgary hosts division rival Kootenay Ice for the 2012-13 Adrenalin Source For Sports Home Opener. Game time is 7:00 p.m. at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
Calgary Hitmen single game day tickets go on sale tomorrow, Friday, August 24 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets will be available at all Ticketmaster locations and the Scotiabank Saddledome box office, online at www.ticketmaster.ca or by phone at 1-855-985-5000. For season tickets, call Customer Service at 403-777-4646 or visit www.hitmenhockey.com.