Warriors examine talent at intersquad game tonight

Head coach and GM Darren Yopyk and his staff will closely scrutinize this year’s talent tonight (Wednesday) as the Westside Warriors hold their intersquad game at Royal LePage Place. Face off is 5 p.m.

Head coach and GM Darren Yopyk and his staff will closely scrutinize this year’s talent tonight (Wednesday) as the Westside Warriors hold their intersquad game at Royal LePage Place. Face off is 5 p.m.

The game will bring to an end the B.C. Hockey League club’s 2010 version of training camp.

Close to 40 players showed up for the beginning of the Warriors’ three-day camp on Monday, with 23 of those eventually being chosen for the team’s final roster.

Westside has 12 returning players at camp. Yopyk will look for veteran leadership and production from captain Alex Grieve, and fellow forwards Grayson Downing and Tyler Krause. A number of newcomers will also help bolster the 2010-11 edition of the Warriors.

“We have quite a few key returning players and some interesting new pieces as well,” said Yopyk, who added the GM’s portfolio to his head coaching job in the off season. “No one’s guaranteed anything in hockey, and this week is a chance for the guys to prove they belong. Obviously the summer was important for all of them to come here and show what they can do. We think we have a good group and we’re looking forward to the season.”The Warriors added one new piece over the weekend, acquiring defenceman Matt Cronin from the Alberta junior league’s Drumheller Dragons. The 6-foot-3 Langley native played last season with the BCHL’s Langley Chiefs. Cronin, 18, has already secured a Division I scholarship for the 2012-13 season at Merrimack College.

The Warriors open the exhibition campaign this Friday, 7 p.m. at LePage against the Penticton Vees, then will travel to Penticton Saturday night for a rematch.

Westside will open the BCHL regular season Friday, Sept. 10 at home to the Vees.

Penticton eliminated the Warriors in the second round of last year’s Interior Division playoffs.

Kelowna Capital News

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