NEWS RELEASE · 13th September 2010
Kitimat Ice Demons
The Kitimat Ice Demons Senior Men’s AA hockey team got off to a tentative start with an unusually low turnout at tryouts for the new CIHL season. Last year’s CIHL regular season champs, the Ice Demons faltered in the playoff finals and were eliminated in the round-robin section of the Coy Cup championships in Powell River.
“But nobody should be counting the Demons out for this coming season,” says head coach, Danny Baker, after the Demons wound up the five-nights-in-a-row of tryouts and inter-squad games Saturday with Team White edging Team Black 9-8, Saturday night at Tamitik Arena.
Baker, who will be assisted by Tim Leduc, this season, said the Ice Demons were missing quite a number of its long-term core players in the inter-squad games – with some absent at work, a couple away hunting, a couple still nursing assorted injuries and one or two who won’t be back for the new season.
Among players unlikely to line up for the 2010-11 Ice Demons are retired Doug Wilson, Blaine Markwart and Daniel Mayer. “But a large number of our originals and near originals are still in our line-up, goaltenders Jamie Moran and Brett Vilness, defensemen Jeff Baker, Jeff Mildenberger, Dave Venman and Adam Buick, as well as productive forwards like team captain, Derek Wakita, Brandon Wakita, Terry Whelan, Ian Coleman and Jeremy Brady. We had a number of new players trying out and, in addition, we’ve welcomed back hard-hitting defenseman Robbie Lafferty and speedy forward, Kory Finn. As practices get underway, there are still a number of new players on the roster looking to put claims on regular spots,” he added.
Baker said the team would “miss the leadership and scoring points totals represented by players like Markwart, Meyer and Geoff Morgan, but we think we have some pretty adequate young hockey players suited up ... so I don’t expect that our team will be counted out easily when the regular season starts. Some of our regulars are still in the ‘doubtful’ category as far as playing this season and we’ll have a whole lot better idea of our team line-up when we play in the Northern Challenge Cup, this time being hosted by the Prince Rupert Rampage in Prince Rupert next week. The Rampage, the Ice Demons and the Smithers Steelheads will all compete in the exhibition weekend.”
The Ice Demons will play both teams in night games Friday and Saturday next week.