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Hitmen Announce 2017 Training Camp Schedule
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The Calgary Hitmen will begin their 23rd season in the Western Hockey League on Thursday, August 24, when they open their 2017 Training Camp at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Over 80 prospects and veterans are expected to attend the five-day camp that will include fitness testing, goalie development, on-ice practices and games.

Camp takes on a new format this season which will see a Young Guns Game for the top 15,16 and 17-year-olds in addition to a 3-on-3 game for the veterans. Both contests, which are free and open to the public, take place on Sunday, August 27, at Don Hartman North East Sportsplex.

The annual Calgary Hitmen intrasquad game will once again act as the conclusion of Training Camp on Monday, August 28 at 6:00 p.m. The contest will be played at The Kyle Stuart Memorial Arena at Edge School. Tickets are $5 and available at the arena when doors open at 5:00 p.m. Proceeds will support Edge School.

The 2017 Hitmen Training Camp takes place at three separate venues: Scotiabank Saddledome, Don Hartman North East Sportsplex (5206 – 68 Street NE) and The Kyle Stuart Memorial Arena at Edge School (33055 Township Rd 250) as outlined in the schedules.

Calgary Hitmen 2017 Training Camp Schedule
Note: All on-ice sessions are open to the public while all off-ice sessions are closed.

Thursday, August 24
Scotiabank Saddledome

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.  Veteran Player Registration & Fitness Testing
(Event Level and Arena Floor)
 3:30 – 4:00 p.m.        Rookie Player Registration
(Chrysler Club Entrance – NE side of Scotiabank Saddledome)
 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.             Player/Parent Orientation
(Chrysler Club)
 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Rookie Player Fitness Testing
(Event Level and Arena Floor)
Parent/Media BBQ
(Dutton’s)                             


Friday, August 25
Don Hartman NE Sportsplex

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Goalie Session
9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Rookie Practice – Team Stone (White)
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Rookie Practice – Team Alzner (Black)
12:15 – 1:30 p.m. Veteran Practice – Team Jones (Grey)                   
1:45 – 3:00 p.m. Veteran Practice – Team Moran (Red)
4:15 – 5:45 p.m. Rookie Game – Team Stone (White) vs. Team Alzner (Black)
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Veteran Game – Team Jones (Grey) vs. Team Moran (Red)


Saturday, August 26
Don Hartman NE Sportsplex

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Veteran Practice – Team Jones (Grey)
9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Veteran Practice – Team Moran (Red)
10:30 – 12:00 p.m. Rookie Game – Team Stone (White) vs. Team Alzner (Black)
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Veteran Game – Team Jones (Grey) vs. Team Moran (Red)
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Rookie Game – Team Stone (White) vs. Team Alzner (Black)
8:30 – 9:30 p.m. Player Interviews


Sunday, August 27
Don Hartman NE Sportsplex

 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.  Veteran Practice – Team Moran (Red)
 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.  Veteran Practice – Team Jones (Grey)
 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.  Young Guns Game (Top 15, 16 and 17-year-olds)
 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Player Interviews
 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.  Veteran Game (3-on-3)
 6:45 – 8:00 p.m.  Player Interviews


Monday, August 28
Don Hartman NE Sportsplex

10:00 – 10:45 a.m. Game Day Skate – Team Black
11:00 – 11:45 a.m. Game Day Skate – Team White


The Kyle Stuart Memorial Arena at Edge School

6:00 – 8:30 p.m. Intrasquad Game – Team Black vs. Team White
8:30 p.m. Player Interviews


Note:
Ice sessions are subject to change. Rosters will be available at each training camp venue.

The Hitmen will open the 2017 Western Hockey League pre-season at the Red Deer Tournament against the Rebels on Friday, September 1. The five-game exhibition schedule is highlighted by Calgary’s lone home exhibition contest on Friday, September 8, against the Edmonton Oil Kings. The match-up will be played at WinSport Arena at Canada Olympic Park.

The 72-game regular season schedule begins on the road in Cranbrook against the Kootenay ICE on Friday, September 22. Calgary then returns home the following night for their home opener against the ICE on Saturday, September 23. Game time is 7:00 p.m. at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

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