Cochrane Crunch of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League already has commitments from 19 players for the 2015-2016 season ahead of its main camp, which is slated for August 20-21.
With so many players poised to suit up for the Crunch, coach-general manager Ryan Leonard told HockeyNewsNorth.com that he will limit the number of skaters who attend the main camp to 13 on top of the 19 who have already signed.
Leonard said the cost to attend the August 20-21 camp will be $90 and include three games and a practice. He added that unsigned players wishing to attend the tryout camp can fill out a form via the Crunch website beginning on July 21.
Of the 19 players who have committed to the Crunch for the 2015-2016 season, they include 11 forwards, six defencemen and two goalies.
“We are still looking for three forwards and two defencemen,” said Leonard. “We still have three import cards available. We are looking for offensive-minded forwards and a top four defenceman. If any player — American or Canadian — feels as though they have what it takes to help us, we want to hear from them.”
Leonard noted that the Crunch may bring in another goalie as even though 1995 birth-year starter Brett Young has committed to returning to Cochrane, he has been invited to the main camp of two teams in the North American Hockey League.
Of the returning players, Leonard is expecting another impact campaign from 1995 birth-year forward Dustin Cordeiro, who scored 60 goals in 61 games in 2014-2015, regular season and playoffs included.
Leonard is hoping that Cordeiro gets serious consideration from National Collegiate Athletic Association schools as the skilled forward plays his final season of junior.
“Dustin is the type of player that will do what ever he has to do to help the team,” Leonard said of his leading goal scorer. “He can score, he can play physical and we are hoping with all his hard work and dedication that he gets a real look from a Division 1 school or a very high-end Division 3 program, of which he already is getting a lot of attention from.”
PHOTO: Dustin Cordeiro, scoring one of his 60 goals for the Cochrane Crunch during the 2014-2015 season.