Oil Kings Annual Spring Camp This Weekend

Edmonton, AB – The Edmonton Oil Kings will be holding their annual Spring Camp Thursday, May 26 through Sunday, May 29, with on-ice sessions taking place at the NAIT Arena. The Oil Kings are welcoming 20 of their prospects to this year’s camp who will be arriving Thursday and hitting the ice starting Friday.

This year’s attendees are all draft picks from both the 2010 and 2011 WHL Bantam Drafts. Some notable names among the group are 2010 first-round picks Curtis Lazar (2nd overall) and Mason Geertsen (18th overall), as well as recent 2011 first-round pick, Aaron Irving (9th overall). Both Lazar and Geersten saw some ice time with the Oil Kings during the 2010-2011 campaign, with Lazar even scoring in the post-season for his first-career WHL goal.

Six Oil Kings Spring Camp attendees played in the 2011 Canada Winter Games. Lazar, Luke Bertolucci and goalie Tristan Jarry all represented Team B.C. — which captured gold — while Geertsen, Cole Benson and Nelson Gadoury donned Team Alberta jerseys. Lazar had a particularly memorable performance when he broke two Winter Games records. His 12 goals set a new record previously held by Steven Stamkos and his 17 total points broke Sidney Crosby’s previous scoring record.

The goal of the Spring Camp is to get the young talent more familiar with the Oil Kings organization and to give the team’s coaches and management a better look at the skills and strengths of the young players whom they hope will be an integral part of the organization’s future success. 

“I think this camp provides a good opportunity for these kids to come in and get their feet wet and break the ice a little bit,” said Oil Kings General Manager Bob Green. “These guys aren’t actually trying out for the team this weekend so they don’t have the pressures of an actual training camp. When they do come back to main camp in August, they will know what to expect, and that will give them a better chance to make the team.”

The group will participate in fitness testing and workouts on Friday and Saturday morning, followed by on-ice sessions each day at the NAIT Arena. There will also be team-building activities both days, as well as a team dinner on Saturday night. One-on-one meetings between the players and the coaches, management and scouts are also on the docket for Sunday morning to wrap up the camp.

Oil Kings veterans Mark Pysyk, Keegan Lowe, Travis Ewanyk, T.J. Foster, Stephane Legault and Klarc Wilson will be assisting with the camp. Ewanyk, ranked 66th by NHL Central Scouting among North American skaters, will participate in the NHL Scouting Combine May 30 to June 4 in Toronto.

Team Red

G – Derek Mazil 30

D – Mason Geertsen 6
D – Dysin Mayo 7
D – Ben Carroll 8
D – Mitch Meek 9

F – Mitchell Walter 16
F – Nelson Gadoury 17
F – Logan Mick 18
F – Cole Benson 20
F – Trevor Posch 21

Team White

G – Tristan Jarry 1

D – Aaron Irving 2
D – Griff Foulk 3
D – Jesse Mitchell 4
D – Robbie Cameron 5

F – Curtis Lazar 10
F – Brett Pollock 11
F – Brandon Baddock 12
F – Riley Simpson 14
F – Luc Bertolucci 15

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