The Helena Bighorns Las Vegas Open Tryouts concluded with a bang late Saturday night as the Blue Squad defeated the White Squad by a score of 7-4.
The camp was attended by 46 Bighorn hopefuls and according to Bighorns Head Coach, Scott Cunningham, the camp was positive. "There was a better level of talent here than in year's past. We will have some good players to build off from last year's team and there were a few free agents who made quite an impact," said Cunningham.
Players were put through their paces with a brisk practice on Thursday before playing 4 games over the course of the 3 day camp which was held at the Las Vegas Ice Center. Aside from the players in attendance, the camp was attended by the Kirk Brooks and Roy Henderson. Brooks is the owner of the Tri City Storm of the USHL and Henderson owns the Langley Rivermen of the BCJHL. Both owners were behind the bench for games and watching throughout the weekend. "Having Brooksy and Hendo here was great," beamed Bighorns owner, Mike Butters. Both of these guys are solid hockey guys and the players took notice of their involvement, which likely put an extra spring in their stride."
The Bighorns will have their work cut out for them as they look to defend their 2011 USA Hockey Tier III Junior A National Championship as many veterans have either committed to NCAA colleges or USHL and Tier II teams throughout North America. "We need to replace players every year," said Cunningham. "It comes with the territory. The good news is that we a good core of guys to build on and a good crop of new players."
The Bighorns hockey staff will be remaining in Las Vegas for the 6th annual Global Sports showcase which will conclude on Wednesday, June 30.