Peninsula Panthers open hockey camp throughout August

Regular Vancouver Island Junior Hockey season begins in just over a month

Big things are expected this season from Peninsula Minor Hockey product Zack Smith

It may still be five weeks before the first puck drops for the Peninsula Panthers 2013/14 Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League season but the club will begin the team building phase starting Tuesday.

The Panthers held a spring camp in April and will now hold development ice on Tuesday and Thursday evenings through August to help identify players for this coming season and beyond.

“This is always an enjoyable time of the year,” said Panthers’ head of hockey operations, Pete Zubersky.

“We have eight skates in August and will then roll right into our main camp from there. I’m hoping we see a bunch of kids from the Peninsula out for the camp because they are a real priority for us. It’s an open camp and will be run by our coaching staff and we hope to see players come out that are eager to crack our lineup,” he said, stressing that the management also hopes to see younger players (15-year-olds) who want to compete at a higher level and open the door for next year and the future.

“It’s also a time for our players who are returning this season to get back in game shape,” Zubersky added.

The Panthers season opener is set for Sept. 6 against the Kerry Park Islanders.

Players who are interested in attending the Panthers camp (forwards and defencemen) can find information at www.ppanthers.bc.ca. They can also contact Zubersky directly at 250-652-1804.