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Pionk's presence important during Muskies training camp

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Neil Pionk tallied 23 points last season for Sioux City. Neil Pionk tallied 23 points last season for Sioux City.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) - The Musketeers opened training camp on Sunday with futures and goaltender sessions.

But, beginning Thursday the main camp begins with this year's draft picks and affiliate players.

While workouts were voluntary for returners, Captain Neal Pionk will be on the ice guiding the new members of the organization.

Pionk was named a captain just three days after Sioux City was eliminated in the Western Conference Finals of the Clark Cup Playoffs in May.

Last season, the defenseman tallied 23 points, which included 21 assists.

Head Coach Jay Varady says Pionk's presence is important in molding incoming players.
"It's kind of the reason he's our captain," Head Coach Jay Varady said. "He just wants to be here.  He called us and he just wants to come to camp and skate.  He just wants to be a part of it.  I think players are going to learn from his work ethic and his focus."

The camp ends Sunday when the players are split into all-star teams that will play each other.
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