The talent was on display this past weekend as the Canmore Eagles hosted their 2nd weekend of Spring Camp from Friday afternoon until Sunday evening.
?I thought the talent level was good and there was a lot of tight and exciting games,? said Eagles Head Coach and General Manager Andrew Milne.
The camp featured two Eagles prime prospects in 17-year-old Defencemen Tayler Miller and Cale Lyons. Both played Midget AAA with the Lethbridge Hurricanes this past season and both are expected to compete for an Eagles jersey next season.
Miller led the Alberta Midget AAA league for most points by a defenceman with 33 in as many games, including 12 goals. His older brother Taner Miller graduated from the Alberta Junior Hockey League this past season after spending the 4 seasons of his Junior career with the Fort McMurray Oil Barons. He was also the Oil Barons? Captain.
Cale Lyons is the younger brother of Eagles forward Connor Lyons. Cale was called up to play 2 games with the Eagles back in November. This past season, he collected 5 goals and 26 points in 32 games with his Midget team.
?I thought Tayler Miller and Cale Lyons were great this weekend and they were certainly a step above some of the other players,? said Coach Milne.
Another player who Coach Milne thought really stood out was Kyle Young, the younger brother of Eagles? Colton and Alex Young. Kyle Young was at both Spring Camp weekends and Milne thought he performed well at both camps.
There was a couple of players from the Bow Valley who attended the camp this weekend including Taylor Palko of Banff and Will O?Brien of Canmore.
Between the pipes, Coach Milne thought there was some great potential in the goalies. With 20-year-old Thomas Davis graduating at the end of the season, the Eagles are looking for a goalie to team up with returning goalie Logan Dyck.
The coaching and scouting staff will have some tough decisions to make as they need to cut down their numbers for players to invite to Main Camp at the end of August.
The Brooks Bandits won the AJHL Championship, the Gas Drive Cup as they defeated the defending champs Spruce Grove Saints in 4 straight games for their 5th league title in franchise history. The Bandits who are hosting this year?s National Championship, the Royal Bank Cup are currently battling the Prince George Spruce Kings, the BCHL?s champions in the Doyle Cup. Brooks leads the Best-of-7 series 2 games to 1, but regardless of who wins this series, both teams will play in the RBC Cup in Brooks from May 11-19. The RBC Cup tournament will feature 5 teams from different Junior A leagues in Canada, including Brooks and Prince George.