Clippers’ camp could uncover ‘diamond’

NANAIMO – The city's BCHL team is holding two days of game action involving 120 prospects to try to add pieces to the roster.

The Nanaimo Clippers will be searching for standouts as they hold spring camp this weekend (May 11-12).

The city’s B.C. Hockey League team is holding two days of game action involving 120 prospects to try to add pieces to the roster for the 2012-13 season.

“It’s an opportunity to see a bunch of possible prospects on the ice and it allows an opportunity for some players to explore a little bit more about the Clippers,” said Mike Vandekamp, the team’s coach and general manager. “A lot of younger players are reaching out to try to get noticed and break in and maybe we’ll find a diamond in the rough.”

The players will be split into six teams and will play a series of games between 9 a.m to 2 p.m. and 4:30-9:30 p.m. on Friday and from 12:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Nanaimo Ice Centre.

“There’s fair opportunity for all players to be seen and noticed and possibly either win a job on the team next year … or possibly an invite back to main camp, or at least a foot in the door with the organization,” Vandekamp said.

No veterans will participate, though some top recruits will be in town to skate at camp.

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