The Ponoka Stampeders junior B hockey club is gearing up for what should be a great year as the building blocks seem to be falling into place.
Randy Rook, general manager and coach, has named former player Andrew Walker to be assistant manager and assistant director of player personnel. Returning as assistant coaches for their second year will be Dave Parent and Kyle Kinley. The familiar face of Angela Wederburn will also return as the team’s trainer.
“Having these young apprentices as assistants to me helps to attract young players, but also ensures that the foundation we are building will continue to be strong long after I am gone.” says Rook.
The Stampeders will open camp Aug. 28, with the first ice session starting at 9:15 a.m. and going on throughout the weekend at the Ponoka Culture and Recreation Complex. Take some time and check out the action with the Bucket Cup game Aug. 29 at 6:15pm.
Look for this year’s camp to be fast-paced and full of surprises. Rook expects to see a full camp with a lot of promising players.
“I am excited to see the quality of players coming to camp this year. We will be bigger and faster than we were last year. We are implementing a Skills session and a Battle session this year which will be very entertaining for the players as well as the fans,” added Rook.
Players born between 1994 and 1989 who are interested in attending the Stampeders camp can contact Coach Rook by going to the Stamps website.
Exhibition games have been set with the first one at home being played against rival Rimbey Rock on Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. Check the website for a complete listing of all games and practices.
The Stampeders will also don a new look this year. Mark Oct. 2 on the calendar for the unveiling of the new jersey. Opening ceremonies begin at 8 p.m., with the puck dropping shortly after as the Stettler Lightning is in town.
“I think this new look not only makes us look classy, but helps our sponsors get more exposure as well. We have a variety of sponsorship opportunities to get your name on the back of a home and away jersey. Check us out at www.ponokastampeders.com and a representative will get in touch with you.”
The Stampeders are looking forward from the support of the community and promise to bring exciting junior B hockey.
If you have a few hours a month to contribute, board members are required for various aspects of the team. Also needed are anthem singers for home games. If you are interested as a single person or as a group contact the team.