SIJHL Team Training Camps approaching


THUNDER BAY, Ont. – With the start of the Superior International Junior Hockey League’s 2017-18 season just six weeks away, the main training camps for each of its respective clubs is rapidly approaching.

Yes Virginia, fall appears to be on the not so distant horizon. Hockey season is just around the corner.

The following a breakdown on each team’s upcoming camps along with other related information:


The reigning SIJHL Bill Salonen Cup champion GM Ice Dogs will open up camp at Dryden’s Memorial Arena on Friday, Sept. 1.

This three-day event will conclude on Sunday, Sept. 3 with a scrimmage.

Not only will the GM Ice Dogs enter the campaign as the defending champs, but they will also host the 2018 Dudley-Hewitt Cup Central Canadian Jr. A Championship in May.

Friday, Sept. 1

Saturday, Sept. 2

Sunday, Sept. 3

Team camp contact: Kurt Walsten; head coach and general manager: (Email)


Looking to build upon the organizations first-ever SIJHL finals appearance last season, English River will take to the ice at Cochenour Arena in Red Lake for their main camp Sept. 6-8.

Wednesday, Sept. 6
10 a.m. – Returning players meeting
12 p.m. – Registration
1 p.m. – Staff welcomes and player expectations in arena lobby
2 p.m. – Black & Grey drill session
3:15 p.m. – Black & Grey fitness testing
3:15 p.m. – White and Yellow drill session
4:30 p.m. – White and Yellow fitness testing
4:45 p.m. – Game No. 1: Black vs. Grey
6 p.m. – Game No. 2: White vs. Yellow

Thursday, Sept. 7
10 a.m. – Game 3: Yellow vs. White
11:30 a.m. – Game 4: Grey vs. Black
1 p.m. – Game 5: White vs. Grey
2:30 p.m. – Game 6: Yellow vs. White
3:45 p.m. – Game 7: Yellow vs. Black
5 p.m. – Game 8: Black vs .Grey

Friday, Sept. 8
9 a.m. – Game 9: White vs. Yellow
10:30 a.m. – Game 10: Black vs. Grey
11:30 a.m. – Individual player meetings
2 p.m. – Black vs. White game

Team camp contact: Derek Sweet-Coulter; head coach/general manager: (Email)


Having recently returned from Hockey Canada’s Summer Showcase in Calgary, Alta., where he served as part of the coaching staffs for the under-17 portion of the event, Fort Frances head coach and general manager Wayne Strachan has once again re-focused his attentions to the Lakers.

Fort Frances opens up camp Aug. 31 and will run through Sept. 2 at Ice for Kids Arena.

Registration is $140.

Thursday, Aug. 31
10 a.m. – Registration and Meeting
11 a.m. – Off-ice testing
9:30 p.m. – Game No. 1

Friday, Sept. 1
11 a.m. – Game No. 2
7 p.m. – Game No. 3

Saturday, Sept. 2
10 am – Game No. 4
5:30 p.m. – Game No. 5
7:15 p.m. – Player Meetings

Team camp contact: Wayne Strachan; head coach/general manager: (Email)


Minnesota’s new head coach and general manager Todd Kreibich and assistant coach Garrett Hendrickson held tryout camps in both June and July heading into the main camp, which runs Aug. 28-30 at Hoyt Lakes Arena.

Registration is $250.

Monday, Aug. 28
11 a.m. – Player check-in and registration at Hoyt Lakes Arena
Remaining schedule T.B.A.

Tuesday, Aug. 29

Wednesday, Aug. 30

Team camp contact: Todd Kreibich; head coach/general manager: (Email)


Busily gearing up for the second season in the SIJHL, Thief River Falls will be holding another minicamp Aug. 12-13 in Maple Grove, Minn.

Led by general manager Kevin McCallum and head coach of the year Cole Workman will look to build on a successful inaugural campaign in the league.

Details on their main training camp will be released once finalized.

The registration fee for the Maple Grove Minicamp is $250.

Saturday, Aug. 11

Sunday, Aug. 12

Team camp contact: Kevin McCallum; general manager: (Email)


Under new head coach Rob DeGagne, the initial on-ice sessions for the North Stars tryouts have been set with three days of skates set to be held Aug. 18-20 at Current River Arena in Thunder Bay.

Registration for the tryouts is $200.

Friday, Aug. 18
5 p.m. – On-ice session No. 1

Saturday, Aug. 19
10 a.m. – On-ice session No. 2

Sunday, Aug. 20
10 a.m. – On-ice session No. 3

Team camp contact: Scott Kellaway; president & co-general manager: (Email)

The SIJHL regular season opens Friday, Sept. 22.

You can view the complete schedule via the league website at

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