The Stanley Cup finals are over in the NHL, but the hockey season never ends for the Sioux City Musketeers. The Muskies started their four-day tryout camp Thursday morning at the IBP Ice Center. There are two goals...fill out next year's roster and find talent for upcoming seasons.
In the past the players have been divided into six teams, all competing for a spot on next season's 23 man roster. This year, there are four teams of "futures" players, who were born in '96 and '97, and can be drafted later. There are also four other teams, mixed with returning players and draft picks who want to play here next season.
The Muskies have to do a bit of a sales job on the "futures" players as they try to plan ahead.
"Those kids, we know they're going back to high school or midget for the most part," said Musketeers Head Coach Brett Larson. "We're trying to build a relationship with them and track the best young kids out there. They're here for the experience of going through a USHL camp. Hopefully it makes them make a USHL team some day. Hopefully we've established a good relationship with them and they realize and know what we're all about and like it. They've been to the town and seen our facilities so we're doing a little recruiting too."
The camp ends on Sunday with the Futures All-Star game at 11:30 in the morning. The try-out All-Star game at 2:30 PM. A fee of $5 will get fans into both of those games.
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