As the eventual champion Soo Thunderbirds and the runner-up Cochrane Crunch were playing for the 2014-2015 Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League title, the Powassan Voodoos were prepping for the 2015-2016 season.
The Voodoos held a prospects camp on Saturday and Sunday at Memorial Gardens in North Bay.
More than 40 players hit the ice for three weekend sessions and a scrimmage.
Voodoos general manager Chris Dawson was impressed with the intensity and skill that was on display.
“It was without a doubt a great start as we try to add some pieces to our young team for next season,” stated Dawson.
“Our scouting staff did a fine job recruiting quality players during the past season. We saw some very good players that can step in and contribute with us next season,” Dawson added.
While the Voodoos can commit to new players this month, they cannot sign anyone until June 1.
“With what we saw here, what we have coming back, what we will get again from our Ontario Hockey League affiliate team (the North Bay Battalion), I think we are putting ourselves in a good position for next season,” the affable Dawson noted.
The Voodoos will play host to another prospects camp, July 17-19, at Pete Palangio Arena in North Bay.
Powassan finished its first season in the NOJHL by placing seventh overall in the nine-team league before stunning the defending champion Kirkland Lake Gold Miners in the first round of the playoffs.
The Voodoos then lost in the second round of the playoffs to Cochrane.