Saturday, July 2, 2011


The Vancouver Canucks’ annual summer development camp will begin this Tuesday, July 5. According to the team’s website, “the camp will consist of on- and off-ice sessions throughout the week with activities that will showcase the city of Vancouver, including hiking the Grouse Grind and Dragon Boating at False Creek.”

34 players received invitations including two that spent time with the Sea Dogs last season. Forward Steven Anthony, drafted by the Canucks in 2009, and goaltender Karel St. Laurent, a free agent invite who spent most of the year playing Junior ‘A’ hockey in Surrey, British Columbia.
Anthony had 23 goals and 37 assists in 61 games with the Dogs last year. He added five goals and seven assists in 14 playoff games before going down to an injury.
St. Laurent started the season in Saint John but was the odd-man-out in the team’s overage situation. In 32 games in Surrey, St. Laurent had a record of 19-12-1 and a 2.74 goals against average.

Columbus Blue Jackets development camp comes to a close today with an afternoon scrimmage at the Ice Haus, the club's practice rink at Nationwide Arena.

Saint John Sea Dogs goaltender Mathieu Corbeil and former team captain Mike Thomas are both taking part in the camp. Corbeil was drafted by the club in 2010 while Thomas recently signed a contract with the Blue Jackets American Hockey League affiliate.

Here is the Jackets goaltending coach talking about some stuff as well as some video of Corbeil in

And here is a video that features Mike Thomas (#83) doing some skating drills.

Friend of the blog, @CBJProspects, tweeted “Corbeil sure seems to flop around a lot but could've been just how it was in the drills.”

@CBJProspects was kind enough to share some photos. You can check them out on the SN Facebook page.

Dallas Stars orientation camp began yesterday in Frisco, Texas. According to the team’s website, “the daily schedule includes both on-and off-ice workouts, with all on-ice practice sessions open to the public. The camp will conclude with a skills event at 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, July 7.”

Sea Dogs forward Scott Oke was a free agent invite to camp after not being selected in the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft.

Other notables at the camp include Moncton’s Olivier D’Aoust, Gatineau’s Hubert Labrie, and Victoriaville’s Troy Vance.

Ottawa Senators development camp is in full swing. The camp began on June 28 and wraps up on Monday with a three-on-three tournament.

Former Sea Dog Mike Hoffman, drafted by the Sens in 2009, is taking part in the camp. Hoffman recorded seven goals and 18 assists in 74 regular season games in Binghamton last year. In the playoffs, the Kitchener native helped the Baby Sens capture the Calder Cup with a goal and eight assists in 19 games.

“Scored a really nice goal on a lightning fast release,” wrote the Senators blog Silver Seven following day three of camp. “I like this guy and wish there was room for him. He’s one of those guys who will be a better NHL player than an AHL player.”

SensTV has video from the first few days of camp.

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