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Hitmen Announce 2018 Training Camp Schedule

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The Calgary Hitmen begin their 24th season in the Western Hockey League on Friday, August 24, when they open their 2018 Training Camp at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Over 70 prospects and veterans, including 19 returning players, are expected to attend the five-day camp that includes fitness testing, goalie development, on-ice practices and games.

“We expect training camp to be highly competitive with a number of roster spots available,” said Hitmen Director of Player Personnel Dallas Thompson.  “It is also going to be exciting to see all of our camp invites as well as the development of our prospects from both the 2017 and 2018 WHL Bantam Drafts.”

Hitmen 2018 Training Camp takes place at two separate venues: Scotiabank Saddledome and The Kyle Stuart Memorial Arena at Edge School (33055 Township Rd 250).

On-ice practices and games will see rookies split onto Team Stone and Team Moran with veterans on Team Getzlaf and Team Ladd.  There is also a Young Guns Game for the top 15,16 and 17-year-olds on Monday, August 27 at 1:00 p.m.  The annual Calgary Hitmen intrasquad game acts as the conclusion of Training Camp on Tuesday, August 28 at 12:00 p.m.

All on-ice sessions are free and open to the public at The Kyle Stuart Memorial Arena at Edge School.

Calgary Hitmen 2018 Training Camp Schedule

Friday, August 24

Scotiabank Saddledome

Main Camp Player Registration & Fitness Testing – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

(Event Level)

Rookie Camp Player Registration – 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. 

(Chrysler Club Entrance – NE Side of Scotiabank Saddledome)

Player/Parent Orientation – 3:30 – 4:00 p.m.

(Chrysler Club)

Rookie Camp Fitness Testing4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

(Event Level)

Saturday, August 25

Kyle Stuart Memorial Arena at Edge School

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.                                Goalie Session

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.                              Rookie Practice – Team Stone (White)

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.                            Rookie Practice – Team Moran (Black)

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.                   Main Camp Practice – Team Getzlaf (Grey)

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.                                Main Camp Practice – Team Ladd (Red)

4:00 – 5:30 p.m.                                Rookie Game – Team Stone (White) vs. Team Moran (Black)

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.                                Main Camp Game – Team Getzlaf (Grey) vs. Team Ladd (Red)

Sunday, August 26

Kyle Stuart Memorial Arena at Edge School

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.                             Main Camp Skills – Team Getzlaf (Grey)

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.                           Main Camp Skills – Team Ladd (Red)

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.                  Rookie Skills – Team Stone (White)

12:45 – 1:45 p.m.                             Rookie Skills – Team Moran (Black)

3:00 – 4:30 p.m.                               Main Camp Game – Team Getzlaf (Grey) vs. Team Ladd (Red)

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.                               Rookie Game – Team Stone (White) vs. Team Moran (Black)

6:45 – 8:00 p.m.                               Player Interviews

Monday, August 27

Kyle Stuart Memorial Arena at Edge School

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.                                Main Camp Game – Team Getzlaf (Grey) vs. Team Ladd (Red)

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.                     Player Interviews

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.                                  Young Guns Game (Top 15/16/17 year olds)

3:15 – 4:45 p.m.                                   Player Interviews

Tuesday, August 28

Kyle Stuart Memorial Arena at Edge School

12:00 – 2:30 p.m.                                Intrasquad Game – Team Black vs. Team White

2:45 – 4:15 p.m.                                   Player Interviews

 

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

The Hitmen open the 2018 Western Hockey League pre-season at the Red Deer Tournament against the Kootenay ICE on Friday, August 31.  The six-game schedule is highlighted by two local home games.  The first is on Saturday, September 8 when the Hitmen meet the Edmonton Oil Kings in a 7:00 p.m. start at the Carstairs Memorial Arena.  The second, the lone exhibition contest at the Scotiabank Saddledome, is Saturday, September 15 against Kootenay.  Game time is 7:00 p.m.  Look for ticket information for both games to be released later this week.

The 68-game regular season schedule begins on the road in Cranbrook against the Kootenay ICE on Saturday, September 22.  The Hitmen home opening weekend begins on Saturday, September 29 at 7:00 p.m. against the Edmonton Oil Kings.  Calgary returns to Scotiabank Saddledome ice the next day in a Sunday matinee, September 30, against the Red Deer Rebels.  Game time is 4:00 p.m.

The 2018-19 Hitmen Hockey Pass is on sale now and includes 34 game tickets to be used anytime, in any combination.  Pass holders also receive a $50 Scotiabank Saddledome gift card and a complimentary ticket to a select Flames, Roughnecks or Stampeders game.  Passes start at less than $7 per ticket for kids and under $15 for adults.

Also available is the 10-game Hitmen Flex Pack to be used for any game in any combination.  Kids tickets are $10 per game, adults $20.  Applicable fees and taxes apply. Visit HitmenHockey.com to score yours today!

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