FRASER, Mich. – The 2014-15 NA3HL season has not even been over two months for the Metro Jets, but the team is already moving forward and planning ahead for the 2015-16 campaign.
Two weekends ago at the team’s new home rink, Fraser Hockeyland, the Jets held an open tryout camp that saw nearly 40 prospective players participate in drills and scrimmages.
Several players came from outside of Michigan, with one making the trek north all the way from Tampa, Fla.
Jets coach-GM Justin Quenneville was intrigued by what he saw on the ice in Fraser.
"We were really happy with the turnout and even more impressed with the level of play,” said Quenneville. “In fact, we had to turn away players because of the structure of our on-ice practices and games. It's been a great transition so far over to Fraser and not only did we have a lot of representation (managers/coaches/youth players) from our Jr. Jets youth program, but our owner, Pete Cammick, was in attendance.
"It was a busy two days on the ice and it also gave us an opportunity to educate everyone on our model and growth of the Jr. Jets program."
Quenneville said some of these players will be invited back for one or both of Metro’s next two camps (open camp June 5-6 and invite-only camp August 17-21) and he is looking to keep building on the success of last season’s East Division regular-season and playoff champion team.
"We have invited a select few to return to the pre-draft camp in hopes to potentially round out some of our needs,” Quenneville added. “In addition, some of our newly acquired tenders and potential returners will be in attendance.”
For more information on the June 5-6 camp, visit http://metrojetshockey.pointstreaksites.com/view/metrojets/tryouts-10.
The 2015 NA3HL Entry Draft is sent for Tuesday, June 16, starting at 6 p.m. EST on www.na3hldraft.com.