The Calgary Hitmen begin their 27th season in the Western Hockey League on Friday, September 3, when they open their 2021 Training Camp at Scotiabank Saddledome.
A total of 75 players, including returning players, draft picks, listed players and free agent invites are expected to attend the five-day camp which will include fitness testing, goalie development and games.
“We are excited to host our first training camp in two seasons and first-ever camp at Scotiabank Saddledome,” said Hitmen General Manager Jeff Chynoweth. “With a number of open spots on our roster combined with the reality that a majority of players did not have the opportunity to play hockey this past season, we expect the competition for these positions to be very competitive.”
Hitmen Training Camp will see players divided onto four rosters comprising of Team Getzlaf, Team Ladd, Team Jones and Team Stone. They will each play three round-robin games before a day of playoffs highlighted by Bronze Medal and Gold Medal games.
The annual Calgary Hitmen Intrasquad game acts as the conclusion of Training Camp on Tuesday, September 7 at 12:00 p.m.
All on-ice sessions are open to the public and media. Please park in lot A and enter by the northeast tower wheel chair access. Seating is available is sections 210-214.
Calgary Hitmen 2021 Training Camp Schedule
Scotiabank Saddledome (555 Saddledome Rise SE)
Friday, September 3
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Returning Player Registration & Fitness Testing
(Testing on Event Level near Hitmen dressing room)
3:00 – 3:30 p.m. – Prospect Player Registration
(TELUS Club Entrance – NE Side of Scotiabank Saddledome)
3:30 – 4:00 p.m. – Prospect Player/Parent Orientation
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Prospect Fitness Testing
Event Level near Hitmen dressing room
Saturday, September 4
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – Team Getzlaf vs. Team Stone
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – Team Ladd vs. Team Jones
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Goalie Session
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. – Team Getzlaf vs. Team Ladd
Sunday, September 5
10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – Team Stone vs. Team Jones
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Goalie Session
2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. – Team Getzlaf vs. Team Jones
3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. – Team Stone vs. Team Ladd
Monday, September 6
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – Playoff Game (1st place vs. 4th place)
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – Playoff Game (2nd place vs. 3rd place)
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. – Bronze Medal Game
3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. – Gold Medal Game
Tuesday, September 7
12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Hitmen Intrasquad Game – Team Black vs. Team White
Rosters and schedule will be available online at Hitmenhockey.com. Ice sessions are subject to change and will be announced on Hitmen social media channels and the website will be adjusted accordingly.
The Hitmen 2021 pre-season schedule will see the club play four games in the form of two home-and-home sets.
The first is against Red Deer with a Friday, September 17th visit to Central Alberta before hosting the Rebels at Deerfoot Sportsplex on Siksika Nation on Saturday, September 18th in a 7:00 p.m. start. The following weekend Calgary squares off against Edmonton beginning in the provincial capital on Friday, September 24th. The return match is the pre-season finale on Saturday, September 25th as the Hitmen welcome the Oil Kings to Seven Chiefs Sportsplex on Tsuut’ina Nation. Game time is 7:00 p.m.