Coming off a third-place finish in the West Division of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League followed by a six-game, semi-final playoff series to end the 2018-2019 season, the Soo Eagles will get a head start on the 2019-2020 campaign with an upcoming camp.
Eagles general manager Bruno Bragagnolo has confirmed a spring tryout camp for May 23-25 at Big Bear Arena in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
Players wishing to register for the tryout camp can phone Bragagnolo at 847-921-4543 or fill out the paper work via www.sooeagles.net.
Though the Michigan-based Eagles can return more than 15 players for next season, several of the eligible returnees have sights set on moving up to the North American Hockey League ranks.
To be sure, the Eagles have a good history of advancing players to the NAHL, the Ontario Hockey League and the National Collegiate Athletic Association ranks.
Meanwhile, Bragagnolo said he expects three Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario products will return to the Eagles for a second season in 2019-2020.
The trio consists of 2000 birth-year forwards Caleb Wood, Raf Praysner and Owen Shier.
Wood had 19 goals, 17 assists, 36 points for the Eagles this past season while Praysner put up 14-19-33 totals and Shier had 5-7-12 numbers.
As for the coaching staff, Bragagnolo has confirmed that Doug Laprade will return as bench boss for a second season in 2019-2020. Laprade is a former Division 1, NCAA champion as both a player and an assistant coach with the Lake Superior State Lakers.