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Wranglers camp day 1: Hard-nosed style ‘makes me work harder’
April 26, 2014, 09:48
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Day one is in the books at 100 Mile Wranglers spring camp.

In game 1, team red and team green finished deadlocked at three goals apiece, albeit playing a two period (21 minutes each) game. Game 2 featured teams Blue and Gold also tying 1-1. I caught up with a few of the players post-game 1 to talk about the competition level.

Cam Flinton, one of three players here from Notre Dame, Saskatchewan says, “I’ve been to some other camps and by far this is the most up-paced. The Coach pushed the pace in the kills sesh too so that was pretty good.”

The all around consensus is that Coach Dale Hladun’s style was totally appropriate.’Duner’ as he’s known, a 9 year KIJHL coaching veteran, was loud, boisterous, and hard-nosed during the opening skills session (practice).

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Game 1 between Green & Red which ended in a 3-3 tie (Photo by Josh Hall)

“I like that. It makes me work harder,” says Quesnel native Kyle Riley. He also says, “I felt normal,” out there, even after a bit of a break.

Riley was in 100 Mile House in March for the Midget Tier 3 Provincials where his team finished 3rd.

We also caught Dylan Haney of Notre Dame in the hallway following Game 1. He tells us their team won their Provincial tournament in Saskatchewan this past season.

That said, “you can tell a lot of seasons have ended so a lot of guys haven’t been on the ice but the pace was still pretty good.” Haney says he hadn’t done any prior research about Duner’ but that he, “seems intense, and I like that.”

Kyle Haugo, a 1998 born from Elkford says, “the coaching’s pretty good. I’ve practiced with him a few times this year.” Elkford (or Elk Valley) is near Fernie where Coach Hladun was behind the bench last season. Haugo says that’s how he got invited to this camp. He says, “It’s a little intimidating being a first year midget.”

Player-wise, we spoke lastly to veteran Wrangler Mathieu Longhurst, a Prince George native who turned 18 in January. He was optimistic about the season to come, which is still months and a main camp away.”

“During the skills, I felt like I was getting my legs back and hands back,” he says. “It’s going to be a good year for the Wranglers. There’s a lot of good talent out here.”

Prior to the opening skills session at 4 o’ clock, Coach Hladun held an orientation in the lobby of the South Cariboo Rec Centre. In the talk, he says he spoke about all of the players being Wranglers, “until you don’t make the team. So act accordingly,” he says.

“I told them to act well off the ice, make sure the dressing rooms are clean and no chewing tobacco, that kind of stuff, and there’s a no fight rule. I dont want passive guys though. By Sunday, it’ll be a little more intense. The first day of any camp, guys dont know each other and for some, it’s their first camp but by Sunday, they’ll be full of piss and vinegar.”

READ MORE: WRANGLERS SPRING CAMP OPENS AT SCRC

Bookmark 100MileWranglers.com and follow @100MHWranglers on Twitter for more updates throughout and following the weekend.

The remaining schedule will see teams Red and Gold participate in a skills session followed by a game at 9am Saturday. After that, teams Green and Blue will do the same thing beginning at 11am.

In the afternoon, beginning at 4pm, Green will play Blue and Gold will play Red with no skills session in between. We also expect to speak with a member of the BCHL Merritt Centennials coaching staff who’s here coaching one of the four teams.

Sunday morning at 9am and 11:30am will be two final all-star games.

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