Decisions, decisions for Clippers

The Nanaimo Clippers host the Cowichan Valley Capitals on Wednesday (Aug. 29) in B.C. Hockey League pre-season action.

The B.C. Hockey League season is fast approaching, and the Nanaimo Clippers know that.

After starting training camp at the beginning of last week with 37 players, the junior A team whittled that down to 28 going into the first pre-season game Sunday.

Nanaimo won that one 8-2 against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, then lost 4-1 to the Victoria Grizzlies on the road Tuesday. The Clippers host the Cowichan Valley Capitals on Wednesday (Aug. 29).

Now, more cuts are expected.

“It’ll be a work in progress,” said Mike Vandekamp, Clippers coach and general manager. “We’ll … probably make some moves maybe after our second or third game.”

He said he let the players know they wouldn’t have a lot of time to try to make an impression.

“Exhibition is a combination of both evaluation and team building,” Vandekamp said. “I would like to get our numbers down faster and get focused on doing some preparation as well.”

ICE CHIPS … Kyle Kramer scored Nanaimo’s only goal in Tuesday’s loss in Sooke … The Clippers host the Caps on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Frank Crane Arena, visit Alberni on Friday (Aug. 31) then return home to close out the pre-season on Saturday with a 2 p.m. game versus the Powell River Kings.