Rockies get ready for next camp

The next Columbia Valley Rockies hockey camp is set to begin on August 26, going to the 28.

The next Columbia Valley Rockies hockey camp is set to begin on August 26, going to the 28.

This will be the second and final try-out camp this summer leading into the new hockey season.

From there, the player line-ups will be determined and whittled down to form the 2011-2012 season team.

The first camp, held mid-July, produced a large and positive turn-out, and repeat results are expected for the late August event as well.

“The July camp went really well,” said Rockies General Manager Marc Ward. “We had a pretty good turn-out, things were well-organized, and we had lots of skilled players show.”

For the coming August camp, Ward said that he expects upwards of 40 players or more to take part.

Several players are returning from last year, with other hopefuls coming from local communities in the valley.

The August camp will differ in structure and testing from the July one, with some changes to gameplay and fitness training.

“The game will be structured differently,” Ward explained. “Instead of one hour games with 30 minute breaks between, we’ll be playing full two and a half hour games.”

Camp entry is mostly by invitation, but spectators are welcome, and interested players can contact Ward at

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