The Kimberley Dynamiters are booming with veteran depth on the blue line heading into the upcoming season.
This from GM and head coach Derek Stuart who says their six experienced defenseman could really seperate themselves from the rest of the league.
“It’s going to be a good competitive battle between those defenceman to earn that ice time throughout the year.” says Stuart. “With guys like Tyler Van Steinburg returning, to get him back again and the addition of [Mason] Palaga and then [Devon] Langelaar and [James] Rota that are coming back we’re going to have a very solid defence core.”
Defenceman Harrison Risdon will also be returning for another season with the Nitros.
“We have six veteran defenceman coming to camp and there’s another defenceman that hasn’t quite decided quite yet.” explains Stuart. “We could have seven veteran defenceman which is great, it’s a problem but it’s a good problem to have.”
Stuart says it’s a little early to set a season goal but he definitely believes the team is capable of taking the Eddie Mountain division.
Kimberley finished last season in second place before going on a deep playoff run that took them one game away from the league finals.
Main camp will take place at the Kimberley Civic Centre from August 25-27.
The Nitros will get their first taste of a real game in Creston when they play an exhibition match against the Thunder Cats on August 29th.
Kimberley’s regular season kicks off on September 8th against the Columbia Valley Rockies at the Civic Centre.
– Derek Stuart, Kimberley Dynamiters GM & head coach