Manitoba Blizzard to hold prospect camp

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Organizers at the Manitoba Blizzard have started planning for what they hope will be another successful box lacrosse season.

The team, which plays its home games out of Notre Dame Community Centre (271 avenue de la Cathédrale) in St. Boniface, plays in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League.

The Blizzard’s president, Serge Balcaen, said the team — which is made up of players aged between 17 and 21 — plays in the Rocky Mountain League Junior B Tier 1 division, which is highly competitive and includes one team from Saskatchewan and eight teams from Alberta. Last year, the team had a stellar year finishing first in the league’s north division and going on to compete for the league championship against the Saskatchewan SWAT.

Supplied photo The Manitoba Blizzard won the North Division Championship of the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League in 2015.

The team recently announced the appointment of Trevor Anyon as the new coach for the upcoming season, and with that appointment now in place, organizers are now preparing to hold a prospect camp.

“The aim of the camp is to identify which players are coming back and which players are available, such as those who have graduated and come up from the midget programs,” said Balcaen, who lives in Southdale.

“We’re looking for the top players in Manitoba. We’re also targeting players who might have moved in from another province. Younger players need somebody to look up to in the sport.”

Registrations for the camp are now being accepted for any bantam, midget or junior players in the province. The camp costs $60 and will be held at Gateway Recreation Centre (1717 Gateway Rd.) in North Kildonan on the following Sundays — Jan. 24 and 31; Feb. 14, 21 and 28; and March 6 and 13.  

Balcaen, a former junior player himself, said there are numerous benefits to watching and playing box lacrosse.

“It’s a phenomenal sport, and it’s an addictive sport. You’re watching for speed and toughness and creativity, and when you peel away another layer you see the strategies. It’s a complex sport that way, and it can get really tactical,” he said.

“And you’ve got to be tough to play. These kids are hard and fast as they are training year-round.”

When the guys are not busy training or playing, they spend a chunk of time in the off-season fundraising to help offset their playing and travel costs. This may include organizing a bingo bowl, a dinner, a social or selling Grey Cup tickets.

This season is set to start with home games on May 6, 7 and 8 at Notre Dame Community Centre.

Go online at www.manitobablizzard.ca for more information or to register for the upcoming camp.

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Simon Fuller

Simon Fuller
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Simon Fuller is a reporter/photographer for the Free Press Community Review. Email him at simon.fuller@canstarnews.com or call him at 204-697-7111.

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