NORTH BAY, Ont. — Five members of the North Bay Battalion are off to National Hockey League rookie camps.
Centre Brett McKenzie headed to Penticton, B.C., Tuesday to join Vancouver Canucks prospects, while defenceman Cam Dineen left for San Jose, Calif., to join the Arizona Coyotes for a rookie tournament.
Three more Troops have received free-agent invitations to NHL rookie camps and leave Wednesday.
Defenceman Brady Lyle is to join the Anaheim Ducks at San Jose, while right winger Justin Brazeau meets the Columbus Blue Jackets and rearguard Adam Thilander the Carolina Hurricanes at Traverse City, Mich.
Overager McKenzie, who scored 29 goals and earned 38 assists for 67 points in the 2016-17 Ontario Hockey League season, was a seventh-round pick by Vancouver in the 2016 NHL Draft. Dineen, who was limited by a knee injury to 29 games last season, was selected by Arizona in the third round of the same draft.
Any of the five players may be delayed in returning to the Troops if they receive invitations to their respective NHL main camps.
The Battalion, which won two of three games at the inaugural OHL Pre-Season Showcase at Buffalo last weekend, plays its fourth of six exhibition games against the host Sudbury Wolves next Wednesday night.