Rookie Fitness Testing

The Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club opened their 2012 Training Camp today at the Don Hartman North East Sportsplex, 5206 – 68 Street NE, with rookie fitness testing.  Over 75 Hitmen prospects, including all 10 of the 2012 bantam draft selections, were put through a series of five tests conducted by Hitmen strength and conditioning coach Sean Hope-Ross and the National Sports Development staff.  The top performers in each category are listed below.

135 lbs. Bench Press: Kyle Lissel (23 reps)
Chin-ups to Muscular Failure: Geordie Keane (23)
Broad Jump: Cole Zimmerman (2.54 metres)
Beep Test: Lawson McDonald, Addison Bazian, Andrew Jack, Shaun Cook (Stage 12)
Curl-ups to Muscular Failure: Ben Shushkovsky (79)

Rookie Camp on-ice practice sessions and games begin tomorrow, Friday, August 24 at 8:30 a.m.  The top rookies will advance to main camp which opens Saturday evening and concludes Tuesday, August 28 with the annual Calgary Hitmen Intra-Squad Game.

All on-ice Training Camp sessions, including the annual Intra-Squad Game, are free and open to the public.  Rosters will be available at the Don Hartman North East Sportsplex.

Calgary Hitmen 2012 Rookie Camp Itinerary

Friday, August 24

8:30AM – 9:30AM    Practice 1 (White)
9:45AM – 10:45AM    Practice 2 (Red)
11:00AM – 12:00PM    Practice 3 (Black)
12:15PM – 1:15PM    Practice 4 (Copper)
1:30PM – 3:30PM    Game 1 (White vs. Red)
3:45PM – 5:45PM    Game 2 (Black vs. Copper)

Saturday, August 25

8:30AM – 10:00AM    Game 3 (Red vs. Copper)
10:15AM – 11:45AM    Game 4 (Black vs. White)
12:00PM – 1:00PM    Goaltender Development (All Goalies)
1:15PM – 3:15PM    Game 5 (Red vs. Black)
3:30PM – 5:30PM    Game 6 (White vs. Copper)

Calgary Hitmen 2012 Main Camp Itinerary

Saturday, August 25

5:45PM – 7:30PM    Fitness Testing

Sunday, August 26

8:30AM – 10:00AM    Game 1 (White vs. Black)
10:15AM – 11:45AM    Game 2 (Red vs. Copper)
1:00PM – 3:00PM    Game 3 (Red vs. Black)
3:15PM – 5:15PM    Game 4 (Copper vs. White)

Monday, August 27

9:00AM – 10:30AM    Game 5 (Black vs. White)
12:00PM – 1:30PM    Game 6 (Red vs. Black)
3:00PM – 4:30PM    Game 7 (Red vs. White)

Tuesday, August 28

11:00AM – 1:30PM    Game 8 (Intra-Squad Black vs. White)

Following Training Camp, the Hitmen will play a total of six pre-season games with the only local game taking place at WinSport (C.O.P.) on Friday, September 7 at 7:00 p.m. versus the Red Deer Rebels.  On Saturday, September 22, Calgary hosts division rival Kootenay Ice for the 2012-13 Adrenalin Source For Sports Home Opener.  Game time is 7:00 p.m. at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Calgary Hitmen single game day tickets go on sale tomorrow, Friday, August 24 at 10:00 a.m.  Tickets will be available at all Ticketmaster locations and the Scotiabank Saddledome box office, online at or by phone at 1-855-985-5000.  For season tickets, call Customer Service at 403-777-4646 or visit     

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