Prospects gather for Caps’ spring showcase

More than 100 junior hockey hopefuls will converge on the Island Savings Centre this weekend for the Capitals’ spring camp.

More than 100 junior hockey hopefuls will converge on the Island Savings Centre this weekend for the Cowichan Valley Capitals’ spring camp.

“There are certainly some interesting prospects that will be here,” Caps head coach and general manager Bob Beatty said. “It’s a younger group than what our fall camp is, but there are certainly some quality young guys that are attending.”

Beatty emphasized the value that camps like this one have for building a successful junior team.

“At least half our team has come to us through a camp of some kind,” he said. “It’s an important part of the process, for sure. We don’t have an opportunity to see all the teams during the season, and there are only so many games we can watch, and only so many kids we can identify, so when you get to see someone for three or four sessions in a row, you can get a little more familiar with a player.”

Most of the camp will consist of evaluation drills and scrimmages, which are open to the public.

The first sessions run from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, with more scheduled throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday morning. Camp will wrap up on with a “top 40” game at 1 p.m. on Sunday.