The Vancouver Stealth finished their first weekend of training camp as they prepare for the upcoming 2015 season.
Forty players showed up to the Langley Events Centre looking to impress the coaching staff and management. It was a mix of familiar faces and a lot of new ones.
Fifteen rookies took part this weekend as they vie for a coveted roster spot.
â€œI was happy with the first run,â€ Stealth Head Coach Dan Perreault said. â€œI thought we had good pace and the guys worked hard. Itâ€™s tough competition out there.â€
â€œIt took the lungs a little bit to catch up to the legs,â€ said Rhys Duch, who led the team with 80 points last season. â€œThereâ€™s a lot of new faces from the coaching staff down to the players. It was a great first session.â€
Training camp kicked off on Saturday with two sessions, a morning and an evening one. The morning one focused on drills and conditioning while the evening session featured a scrimmage with the players divided into two teams.
The following day included another scrimmage for most of the two hour camp and concluded with some one-on-one battle drills.
â€œThereâ€™s a different energy this year,â€ said Curtis Hodgson, whoâ€™s back for his 11th NLL season. â€œPeople are excited to get back and really improve on what didnâ€™t go well last year and it starts with hard work and competition.â€
â€œThe coaches did a great job of giving us expectations of how training camp is going to be like and how tight itâ€™s going to be,â€ forward Lewis Ratcliff said. â€œThereâ€™s a lot of guys competing for not very many spots and I donâ€™t think anybody is safe.â€
â€œThe competition is just so tight and we canâ€™t keep them all,â€ Perreault added. â€œWe have to make some fairly quick decisions because the season is going to start real soon.â€
The Stealth will take a week off before they hold their next sessions which will include a scrimmage against Edmonton on Saturday, Dec. 6 and another scrimmage against Colorado on Sunday, Dec. 7.
Saturdayâ€™s scrimmage is the season ticket holder party and Sundayâ€™s game is open to the public.
For full details and dates and times of stealth training camp, click here.