Sea Dogs Development Camp took place this past weekend giving a chance for the 2018 Sea Dogs Draft Class to showcase their talent on the ice for the first time.  The weekend included on ice scrimmages and skills development, off ice fitness assessments,’as well as player interviews and the development of individualized plans for each player during the off-season.

Sea Dogs President and General Manager Trevor Georgie spoke to the importance of a development camp this early in the off-season. “It doesn’t make sense to us that when a player shows up in August at Main Camp, we offer feedback then on what they need to work on. Once a Player is drafted you only get 4 off-seasons for them to put in the work, and we didn’t want to lose important months between now and August. We wanted to meet them, get them on the ice with their peers, and get them and their families comfortable off the ice with the team and the city” said Georgie.

Joining the 2018 draftees were current 17 year old Sea Dogs Tommy Da Silva, Aiden MacIntosh, Brendan Sibley, Luke Wilson and Jeremie Jacob as well as 18 year old Sea Dog Nathan Larose. Having current Sea Dogs attend the camp was a first for the organization but gave insight on how the team will look in the years to come.

Sea Dogs coach Josh Dixon saw nothing but positives over the weekend. “As an organization we were very impressed by the level of talent on display this past weekend. Our first development camp provided an excellent opportunity to begin building relationships with the future of the Sea Dogs while also establishing the expectations we have for the young players for their on and off ice development in order to be properly prepared for training camp. As coaches we are very excited with the attitude and efforts of each one of the prospects as well as the growth of current Sea Dogs – Nathan Larose, Aiden MacIntosh, Tommy DaSilva, Luke Wilson and Brendan Sibley.”

For many of the players this was the first time stepping on the ice while wearing the same jersey. Defensemen William Villeneuve & Jeremie Poirier have been rivals for as long as they’ve been playing hockey but now find themselves in the same locker room. The top two ranked defensemen of the 2018 QMJHL Entry Draft impressed over the weekend with their speed and skill with the puck. First overall pick in the 2018 QMJHL US Entry Draft forward Jack Williams was in attendance for camp and was joined by fellow American, goalie Connor Bradford.

“Our focus is all development. All of our decisions are based on how do we make our young nucleus better. It’s the first one we have held and it was a tremendous success. It was great seeing the speed and skill on the ice. All of our young players can skate, can push the pace, and have the tools to play an exciting style of hockey that we want here in Saint John” added Georgie.

Several Sea Dogs alumni stopped by on Saturday to speak with the team including Thomas Chabot, Mike Thomas, Zack Phillips, Sam Dove-McFalls, Simon Bourque, Bokondji Imama and Mathieu Joseph. Members of development camp then attended the Sea Dogs Hall of Fame Ceremony at the Saint John Trade & Convention Centre later that evening.

Full list of players in attendance:

Stewart Bagnell
Riley Bezeau
Connor Bradford
Brady Burns
Tommy Da Silva
Charlie Desroches
Charles-Antoine Dumont
William Gagnon
Jeremie Jacob
Nicolas Kakouras
Nathan Larose
Joshua Lawrence
Aiden MacIntosh
Jeremie Poirier
Anthony Provost
Alexandre O’Neill
Connor Richard
Simon Trottier
William Villeneuve
Jack Williams
Luke Wilson

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