FRASER, Mich. – The roster wasn’t set in stone for the Metro Jets going into last week’s training camp at Fraser Hockeyland, but after five days of on- and off-ice training, the opening night roster is coming into focus.
Jets coach-GM Justin Quenneville called the camp “a success” and said the look of the roster right now has him amped to get the season underway.
“Several of the players impressed us last week and it gave us an opportunity to evaluate the talent,” said Quenneville. “Overall, we feel that last week was competitive, up-tempo and intense. Even though we limit the amount of invites to training camp, we had some difficult decisions to make last week, but as a coach, you want those tough decisions early in the year.
“It’s never easy letting go of good players, but we need to begin the process here of moving forward as a unit. Although we have work ahead of us, our group will grow together and will be ready in two weeks.”
Several returning players will be back with the Jets this season, including forward and alternate captain Matt Dempsey, and Quenneville said he’s excited about the crop of rookies, especially defenseman Marc Schwartz, making the jump to the North American 3 Hockey League this season.
“We have a decent crop of returners this year that we will rely on to press our culture and style of play early,” explained Quenneville. “With several returning forwards and Devin Kelly making the move back up front and the additions of Michael Tratar (trade with the West Michigan Wolves) and European standout Mathias Tellstrom, we will look to push the play offensively. We are also high on our new additions and rookies, and look to get them transitioned to junior hockey.
Metro’s season opens up Sept. 12-13 in Pittsburgh in a rematch of last spring’s East Division championship playoff series.
After a game in Toledo on Sept. 18, the Jets open up Fraser on Saturday, Sept. 19 against West Michigan.
Stay tuned for opening night information pertaining to festivities and promotions.
All Jets home and away games this season will continue to be available on www.fasthockey.com.