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Norsemen Make Trade, Open Rookie Camp

by Matt MacInnis | September 20, 2007, 1:08 PM ET
The Vancouver Island Norsemen announced a minor trade on the same day that they opened Rookie Camp in preparation for the upcoming SICHL regular season. The Norsemen sent one of their four 4th round picks in the 07 Entry Draft to the Nova Scotia Schooners in return for grizzled veteran Glen Wesley. The 38-year old saw limited duty with the Schooners last season, but is expected to be used on the Norsemen's third pairing this season. "We really like what Glen has to offer," explained Head Coach Wayne Gretzky. "He's a steady, defensively-responsible guy who isn't going to cost you any games trying to do something crazy. He comes to us making a very reasonable amount of money for the next two years." The team's Rookie Camp is being held for players expected to be playing professional hockey this season that haven't been able to land a job as a full-time SICHLer in years past. The roster for the early pre-season warm-up camp includes a roster of 25 young players, including (career SICHL games listed): Centres Jeff Carter (4 games) Tim Brent Mikhael Grabovski Colin Fraser Josh Hennessy Greg Jacina Ryan Kesler (45 games) Brooks Laich (5 games) Brandon Reid Left Wingers Johan Franzen (34 games) Right Wingers Rob Globke Steve Goertzen Tomi Maki Stefan Ruzicka Drew Stafford Anthony Stewart (9 games) Defencemen Matt Greene (47 games) Anton Babchuk (73 games) Mike Card Braydon Coburn Alexander Edler Josh Gorges (58 games) Jonathan Sigalet Goaltenders David LeNeveu (18 games) Martin Houle With anywhere from 22-26 full-time SICHLers expected at the main training camp (tentatively scheduled to begin in mid-late October), Coach Gretzky would say that approximately two more goaltenders and around 15 skaters from this camp will see action during the exhibition season. That means as many as ten players could have their SICHL dreams dashed before the pros even turn up for testing. -30-

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