MARQUETTE â?? Itâ??s time to meet the Marquette Royales. This weekend, the Marquette Royales hockey team held their inaugural main tryout camp inside Northern Michigan Universityâ??s Berry Events Center.
The purpose of this camp was to give the public a chance to see the newest team in the Minnesota Junior Hockey League in action on the ice.
Approximately 30 players were on hand to try and secure a position on the teamâ??s final roster. Players participated in three different tryouts.
Players performed several fundamental drills and played in a couple of scrimmages to show off their skills.
Royales head coach Mike Stanaway says he was pleased in the effort he saw during tryouts.
â??I think weâ??re going to be very competitive,â?? Stanaway said. â??Obviously, we have to wait until we drop the puck to really see what happens. But, based upon what weâ??ve seen on the ice, we really have a good, solid team. We have a really good core and weâ??re just looking to fill the last few pieces.â??
â??The tryouts are pretty good, fast paced, a lot of intensity,â?? Mike House, Marquette native and center and wing, said.
â??We got a couple of new faces out here,â?? Robby Gervino, left winger, said. â??Itâ??s pretty competitive so weâ??re definitely looking to have a pretty strong lineup this year. Weâ??re ready to go.â??
Stanaway says he and his staff will be working down the roster from 30 players to 25 before the conclusion of the Royales preseason schedule.
To see what players made the roster, visit www.MarquetteRoyales.com.