After several days of fierce competition, the Chilliwack Chiefs have whittled their roster down to a manageable size in preparation for their first preseason games this weekend.
Camp opened Monday and after two days of inter-squad games between four different teams, the number of players was slashed in half Wednesday in preparation for the next day's Crimson-Gold game. Head coach Harvey Smyl said he was happy with his first look at his rebuilt team.
"I'm pleased for the most part with the young kids that we have and the players who will play for us [who], for the most part, came prepared to play," Smyl said.
Twenty years ago, training camp involved actual training. But with hockey players keeping themselves in top shape throughout the summer, camp has become more about filling out the roster and trying to get the team to gel.
Smyl said he expects to have the squad trimmed down to less than 30 players by Friday, when the Chiefs head to Surrey to play their first exhibition game. They'll return the next day to Chilliwack to host the Eagles at Prospera Centre at 7 p.m. "We're going to try to get down to our roster maybe a little quicker than normal because of the number of new bodies in the lineup," Smyl said. "We're going to try and create some chemistry as quickly as we can."
Wally Buono to drop puck at home opener Legendary CFL coach Wally Buono will be the guest of honour at the Chiefs home opener Sept. 28. Buono, the BC Lions general manager, will drop a ceremonial puck before the game and sign autographs for fans during intermission.
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