The Cowichan Valley Capitals will break the ice on the 2015/16 B.C. Hockey League season this Saturday when they open their main training camp at the Island Savings Centre.
More than 40 players are expected to attend the camp, including veterans from the 2014/15 squad, off-season acquisitions, and new recruits.
Fans will get their first glimpses of new Capitals Mackenzie Bauer, Nicolas Carrier, Chris Harpur, Ayden MacDonald and Mitch Meek at the camp.
The first on-ice session is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, followed by a second session from 7-9 p.m.
Players will be back on the ice on Sunday from 10 to noon, and camp wraps up with an intersquad game at 6 p.m.
Head coach Bob Beatty and his coaching staff will make the first cuts following the intersquad game and the remaining players will stay in camp for the rest of the week leading up to the preseason exhibition opener against the Powell River Kings at the Cowichan Lake Arena on Thursday, Aug. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
The Caps will continue the preseason schedule on Aug. 29 when they host the Victoria Grizzlies at the Island Savings Centre at 7 p.m. They will visit the Grizzlies at the Q Centre on Aug. 30, then host the Alberni Valley Bulldogs on Sept. 2 before closing out the exhibition slate with a home-and-home series against the Nanaimo Clippers on Sept. 4 and 5. The regular season will begin on Sept. 11 when the Caps again host the Grizzlies.