Clippers playing for something

The Clippers host the Alberni Valley Bulldogs on Friday (March 2) at 7 p.m. at Frank Crane Arena.

The Nanaimo Clippers are close to being officially eliminated from the playoff race. But there’s still something to play for.

Players on the city’s B.C. Hockey League team can still use the final games of 2011-12 to their own advantage.

“You’re always striving to become a better player,” said Trevor Fitzgerald, team captain, last week. “The ultimate goal for a lot of the players on our team is to get a scholarship and that’s an individual part of the game. But the best way to get there and to show your stuff as an individual is by playing a team game.”

This is also a time of year when coaches might be assessing their players with a look to 2012-13.

“They’re looking at which guys can play with the team and which guys go out there and give it their all, all the time,” said Fitzgerald.

GAME ON … The Clippers host the Alberni Valley Bulldogs on Friday (March 2) at 7 p.m. at Frank Crane Arena.

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