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The Muskies will have orientation camp in July.
After a weeks worth of drills and training, the future players of the Sioux City Musketeers wrapping up training camp with the annual Green-Gold All-Star game.
It's a player's last chance to leave a last impression on Head Coach Jay Varady and the franchise.
The Green team knocked off the Gold squad 6-3 in the final All-Star game of training. Varady believes they've got the right pieces for future success.
"We had a group of affiliates and draft picks that came in and proved whey they're in our organization," he said. "I think we have really bright future here as they're coming up through the system."
With the announcement on Saturday that the Musketeers will represent the league and the United States at the Junior Club World Cup in Russia there isn't a lot of time prepare.
The team will hold its orientation camp in July. It'll be the first time draft picks and returners will be on the ice together as they battle for roster spots. That leaves a month to get the team ready for the J-C-W-C.
The United States is the only country to medal twice at the event.
"Pressure is what you put into a tire," Varady joked. "I think it's a great opportunity. Sure, there's pressure. I think any athlete, any coach wants to win anytime the puck drops in a game, especially in a tournament of this magnitude. You want to win."
Sioux City Musketeers Schedule Friday, August, 22nd, 5:00 PM vs. Red Bull Salzburg (Austria) Sunday, August 24th, 8:00 PM vs. HC Riga (Latvia) Monday, August 25th, 4:00 PM vs. Malmo Redhawks (Sweden) Wednesday, August 27th, 4:00 PM vs. Spartak Moscow (Russia) Friday, August 29th, TBA, Semifinal and Consolation Round Saturday, August 30th, TBA, Gold Medal and Bronze Medal Games
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