BURNABY, BC – SFU Hockey is back on the ice.
Training camp is on this week, and with so many new faces, the team is destined to look different than the one that lead the club to a 15-7-2 record two years ago.
“We’re just excited to be back in the rink after a tough year,” says director of hockey operations Mitch Pinsky.
“We have guys coming in from all over Western Canada, right now we’re just getting these guys settled and comfortable as they get ready for the upcoming season and school semester.”
With the returning players, this year is about redemption.
“Without a doubt, there’s a bit of a bitter taste in the mouth with those of us that are still around,” says Kyle Bergh, returning after an 8-4–12 season in 2019/20.
“We’re just super excited to get back and get rolling.”
New players vying for spots this year include the likes of Hunor Torzsok, a BCHL and WHL alumni, and Kayla Munro, the BCIHL’s first-ever female camp invite and a bronze medalist for Team BC in the 2019 Canada Winter Games.
There’s confidence among the new players that this is the team that can get it done.
“We look really good right now,” says Cam Chin, a recruit from the Canmore Eagles of the AJHL.
“All of us come from a junior hockey background, so I think we’ll be good to go as a team.”
The team’s new players will also be taking time throughout camp to check out the SFU Burnaby Campus; some of them for the first time.
“I chose SFU because I can still play competitive hockey,” says Chin, “I’ve already taken a few classes and I’ve enjoyed the school so far. I also get to play at home; this was the first rink I ever played at, so it was an easy decision for me.”