Southwest Cougars took to the ice for three days of training camp with 28 players heading into this weekend’s seven-team AAA Midget tournament.
A number of players returned from junior camps.
Randy Cooke was in OCN, Cody Shearer and Trent Sambrook were in Winkler, Landon Roberts returned from Tri-Cities and Steinbach.
Cory King was in Moose Jaw, Callum Fortin and Rylan Gudnason came back from Swan River; Austin Clyne was in Portage and Tanner Clyne was in Wayway; Matthew Ramsey skated with the Wheat Kings and Tyson Kozak was returned from Portland.
The Cougars look to have a strong nucleus of returning players with an outstanding group of Bantam grads as well as area high school players vying for a spot on the 20-man roster.
The Cougars host the seven-team league tournament this weekend, playing four games in four days.
The team will be in Brandon on Sept. 22 for a preseason game with the Wheat Kings.
Then the Cougars travel to Kenora to start the regular season on Sept. 29. They play a two-game weekend before returning to host the Central Plains Capitals, Oct. 6 in Souris.
The team is excited to show off their newly re-designed Southwest Cougars home jersey.