NW Giants Evaluation Camp Schedule, Coach Update

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This year’s North West Giants Major Midget tryout camp will take place at Burnaby Winter Club from August 9th to August 11th.
Players will be divided into four teams and play in four scrimmage games. Each team will consist of approximately 20 players and 3 goalies.
The first games will be played starting at 6:30 Friday, August 9 at Burnaby Winter Club.
Exit interviews will start at 2:30 Sunday, at which time players will be informed if they are advancing to the next round of tryouts or returning to their home teams.
Schedule as follows:
Fri, Aug 9 6:00PM-7:15PM 1 vs 2
7:45PM-9:00PM 3 vs 4
Sat, Aug 10 10:30AM-12:00PM 1 vs 4
12:30PM-2:00PM 2 vs 3
6:00PM-7:30PM 1 vs 3
8:00PM-9:30PM 2 vs 4
Sun, Aug 11 10:30AM-12:00PM 3 vs 4
12:30PM-2:00PM 1 vs 2

Last month, the NW Giants announced an important addition to their coaching staff for the upcoming season, adding a veteran presence with a long history of success in the league to their roster.

“Grant Kerr will be joining us behind the bench this season,” said head coach Clint Thornton.

“Obviously Grant brings success from the Major Midget League as well as the junior level with Coquitlam. Kelvin and I are fortunate to have Grant on board.”

Grant Kerr coached with the Coquitlam Express of the British Columbia Hockey League this past season. Kerr will bring an element of experience to the Giants’ coaching staff in the hopes of pushing for a Telus Cup in 2014 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

“I think it speaks to our desire to put our demons to rest,” said assistant coach Kelvin Cech.

“We’re more determined than ever to come out of the gate strong in our league, to get better every day. We just had our league meetings yesterday, and the league looks to be more competitive than ever.”

Major Midget is becoming the obvious choice for 15, 16 and 17 year-olds who want to be pushed to the next level, whether it be Junior A, the Western Hockey League and ultimately professional and college hockey as well.

“We’re excited to get started. I can’t wait to see the rest of the league this year, and I can’t wait to put our team on the ice. We believe we’ll be stronger than last year. Anything short of a Telus Cup trip will be a considerable disappointment.”

Kerr was presented the Ernie Gare Award as the BC Hockey Coach of the Year after guiding the NW Giants to a regular season 27-6-7 record and then sweeping first place Cariboo Cougars in the  finals to become the 2006-2007 Major Midget League Champions.

In 2009, Kerr was inducted into the BC Hockey Hall of Fame, a winner of the Jake Milford Award, joining a group that includes Babe Pratt, Orland Kurtenbach, Harold Snepts, Pat Quinn and others who have made major contributions to BC Hockey.