NORTH BAY, Ont. — A total of 39 skaters and goaltenders are expected to attend the North Bay Battalion’s orientation camp Friday through Sunday.
Twenty forwards, 14 defencemen and five goaltenders are to report Friday for evening fitness testing at Memorial Gardens and the Chippewa Secondary School track. Parents are to take a 90-minute bus tour of North Bay starting at 6 p.m.
A two-hour on-ice session pitting Team Green against Team White starts at 9 a.m. Saturday. Players and parents are slated to attend a luncheon at 1 p.m. before a second on-ice session at 5 p.m.
The players will return to the ice at 9 a.m. Sunday before receiving summer fitness programs and heading home at noon. Admission to the scrimmages is free.
All 16 prospects taken in the Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection on April 6 are slated to attend, as well as two of three chosen in the OHL Under-18 Priority Selection on April 10.
There are seven free-agent invitees, including defenceman Robert Brisson and forward Noah Lagrandeur of the North Bay Trappers midgets. Others are defencemen Jordan Broome of the Toronto Nationals midgets and Alex Marschel of the Indy Jr. Fuel under-18s and forwards Tanner Bibby of the Burlington Eagles midgets, Jordan Grella of the Vaughan Kings midgets and Thomas Lenart of the Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs midgets.
Goaltenders include Christian Cicigoi and Joe Vrbetic, both of whom played last season with the Powassan Voodoos of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League. Others are Reece Proulx of the North Bay midgets, Owen Wray of the Trappers minor midgets and William Nguyen of the Nepean Raiders under-18s.
Right winger Mat Hardwick of the Trappers midgets played five games with the Battalion last season to rank as the camp veteran.