Training camps are underway throughout the Ontario Hockey League preparatory to the 2018-2019 season. For example, the Flint Firebirds are hard at work with a goal of returning to the Western Conference playoffs after missing out in 2017-2018. Below are a few photos from the Flint training camp.
Veteran defenseman Dennis Busby, a 2018 National Hockey League draft pick of the Arizona Coyotes, lifts weights under the watchful eyes of new Firebirds associate coach Darcy Findlay.
Newly-acquired overage goalie Emanuel Vella takes a breather following an on-ice session. Vella was obtained by the Firebirds from the Mississauga Steelheads during the off-season. Vella won 17 games for Mississauga last season and attended the NHL development camp of the New York Islanders earlier this summer.
Firebirds skill development coach Matt Larke talks to a group of Flint players and prospects during the opening of training camp on Monday.