Only 3 weeks after their exciting playoff run came to an end, the Canmore Eagles were hosting their 1st of two Spring Camp Weekends (April 12-14) at the Canmore Recreation Centre. Players aged from age 15 to 19 hit the ice looking to impress the Eagles’ Coaching staff and the scouts in attendance. The players were divided into teams and there was a total of 37 scrimmage games played from Friday afternoon until Sunday afternoon.
Eagles Head Coach and General Manager Andrew Milne was pleased with what he saw this weekend saying, “I thought the camp went really well,” says Coach Milne. “I like the talent level that was there. I thought it was good, the players were good. Overall, it was exciting. It’s a good time of the year to watch the new crop of kids.”
This weekend’s camp featured a large number of players born in 2003 who played Minor Midget this past season (15-year-old league). When asking Coach Milne about some of the players who stood out this weekend, he mentioned, Brett Moravec, an '03 Forward from the Edge Prep School in Calgary and Kyle Young, an '02 Forward who is the young brother of Eagles Colton and Alex Young. This past season, Kyle played Midget AA with the Calgary Royals.
The Eagles entered the weekend with a new Head Scout at the helm as Mike Glawson who joined the team’s scouting staff back in January 2018 was named the new team’s Head Scout on April 1. He is taking over for Barry Sawchuk who was the team’s Head Scout for the past 4 years. Glawson who lives in the small town of Nanton, AB about an hour south of Calgary was also happy what he saw this weekend and he also enjoyed his 1st Spring Camp as the Eagles’ Head Scout.
“It was good, I really enjoyed this weekend,” said Glawson. “I thought we had a lot of good hockey players. We had a lot of top end prospects, guys like Tristan Kimmen, players of that nature that were out skating with us that you’re gonna see in an Eagles uniform here sooner than later probably. Taking over the position as Head Scout, I’m pretty excited and I can’t thank the organization enough for the opportunity.”
Tristan Kimmen was the only Eagles player who has already signed with the team who was present at camp this weekend. The 16-year-old forward who played Midget AAA this past season with the Lethbridge Hurricanes had 10 goals and 19 points in 30 games. He was also called up to play 2 games with the Eagles and he recorded a goal.
Glawson was also impressed with a couple of 15-year-old players from Calgary like Logan Hauer, JR Ashmead, and Liam Furlong. He also really liked Jaevon Buschlen, a 17-year-old Forward from Okotoks. Last season, he played Midget AAA in his hometown as he collected 7 goals and 26 points in 34 games and he also played 3 games as an affiliate with the Okotoks Oilers.
The Spring Camp also featured local talent from players like Elliot Jantz, Dawson Milliken, Nathan Ellis, Jarrod Gale and Jonah Desrosiers.
The Eagles will hold their 2nd weekend of Spring Camp also at the Canmore Recreation Centre on April 26, 27 & 28. The 2nd weekend will feature older players who have played 1 or 2 years of Major Midget, including a lot of top end goaltenders who played Midget AAA last season.