Maine Hockey Journal

Pirates open training camp on slow note

Portland, ME – With temps in the lower 90’s, it felt more like the middle of July then the first day of training camp. However, that was not the case as 22 players took to the ice, some for the first time as they prepare for the upcoming season.

For the most part, the Pirates’ roster is complete and this training camp is of a chance to give Pirates head coach Kevin Dineen an opportunity to evaluate players in case he needs a call up.

“We’re moving forward as if that’s (our roster). We’ve got lots of bodies and lots of quality people and a good representation from last year,” said Dineen.

Several players including Drew Miller and Jason King were absent for the first day of camp, mostly due to travel.

Also missing from action was goaltender Bobby Goepfert, who is currently suffering from a serious groin injury. He has yet to be on the ice in any fashion from his time in Anaheim to his arrival in Anaheim.

“He’s a non factor for us right now,” said Dineen. “We have to bring another goalie in here because of his health issues. It’s been an issue in Anaheim and now it’s an issue here. I’m not optimistic now (for his return) because it’s issue that went back to May (and) sprung up the first day of camp in Anaheim and he hasn’t been able to get on the ice. It’s a very frustrating time for a young man at his first day of pro camp and it’s something that we’ll have to address in the next couple days.”

The Pirates took part in slow skating drills as they tried to get acclimated to the conditions at the Civic Center.

“What we told players before camp and what you see around the league from reading different articles is a (team) like Vancouver has nine players out with groin injuries so we’re taking baby steps. A lot of our players hadn’t been on the ice for a while so you err on the side of caution,” said Dineen.

The Pirates will be back on the ice tomorrow from 10am – 12pm and then will part of a scrimmage at 5pm at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

Notes: Skate the Plank is going to attempt to do a live blog tomorrow from Pirates training camp. We will be there from 10am – 12pm during the practice giving you all the latest news and notes from camp as well as set up a preview for the scrimmage at 5pm.

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