All fifty active players in the Potomac Patriots organization, as well us some inactive and injured members of the program, wrapped up training camp Sunday evening with team meals at local restaurants. A rigorous on and off ice curriculum brought out the best in both teams and prepared them for the long season ahead. “I think the camp went well. It gave some of the kids that were a little quiet over the summer the chance to come out of their shell a little bit. That shows that everyone is getting comfortable with each other already which is great. It was tough, but everyone was positive and worked hard.” commented Kevin McDonald, one of the brightest prospects on the EJ South squad.
The Empire team will look to a slew of newcomers including NIcky Grose, Tyler Nolan, Andrew Gorny, Michael Santiago, Timmy Bussard, and Jack Strycharz to add more offensive depth to returners Micah Dabao, Miles Miller, and Judd Parker. The offense also added some size and ferocity in Steven “Diesel” Frankel. The 6’3” 210 pound power forward is bound to quite literally shake things up for the Pats Empire team. The defensive side of the puck will showcase newcomers Joseph Welsh, Matt Reynolds, Trevor Jenkins, and Riley Wanat. They will add depth to a returning core of Robert Stone, Remi Paine, Bradley Lamar, and Noah Rubin. Derek Guzik will challenge for time in net with returners Patrick Anderson and TJ Hollen.
Both teams will take the next two weeks to prepare for their first action of the season, a pair of home games for each team on September 8th and 9th against the East Coast Eagles. “I’m happy with how both teams looked over the past week both on and off the ice,” commented GM RJ Zeigler, “This was the first year we were able to use our new facility during a training camp and it was awesome. The off ice portion prepared and executed by YBY Fitness was outstanding, and the guest speaker Craig Laughlin of Network Hockey was fantastic. I think as some clubs are being forced to contract their programs we are steadily adding elements to set us apart and it will directly benefit the P-Pats family.” The Patriots will spend three out of four weekends at home to start the season; the first time in franchise history they have had the chance to do so.