The Sea Dogs released the roster for the first week of training camp yesterday and, as expected, there are not a whole lot of familiar faces. Only Oliver Cooper, Devon Oliver-Dares, and Sebastien Auger were regulars on the team last year.
A lot of the players won’t be total strangers though. Guys like Stephen Anderson, Brock Morrison, Mackenzie Brown, and others saw action with Saint John last season and will be on the radar of fans for the next few weeks.
The roster includes a number of free agents but also quite a few draft picks from recent years, including Olivier Leblanc who was a first round pick of the Sea Dogs back in June.
As Peter McGuire explained in today’s Telegraph-Journal, the training camp schedule will be a bit different this year than it has in the past.
A third exhibition game in Bathurst is scheduled for Aug. 22, after which camp will break for a week until Sept. 3, when between 24 and 26 players are expected to report back to camp.
Veteran players will report to camp on September 3 and prepare for a weekend exhibition series against the Moncton Wildcats.
For the first part of training camp, the roster has been split in half. Team A and Team B played a scrimmage this morning and will do so again tomorrow. On Friday, they’ll open their pre-season schedule up with a game against the PEI Rocket at the qplex.
Below is a breakdown of the Sea Dogs’ camp roster. Personal info (weight, height, etc.) was taken from the Sea Dogs/QMJHL website so it may not be completely up-to-date. As for as the status of each player, there are a few we left blank because we are unsure if they are a free agent or signed as an affiliate player or something over the past year.
Oliver Cooper Fredericton, NB
Marcus Cuomo St. Johns, NL
Spencer Smallman New Maryland, NB
Kraig Pasher New Waterford, NS
Mathieu Newcomb Grande-Digue, NB
Connor Donaghey St. Johns, NL
Zacharie Car Rockland, ON
Eric Theriault Saint John, NB
Riley Craft Saint John, NB
Justin Dickinson Windsor, NS
Ryan Kelly Cornwall, PEI
Jesse Lussier Ottawa, ON
Shane MacDonald Moncton, NB
Jeffrey Krichew Musquodoboit Harbour, NS
Thomas Leonard Rothesay, NB
Sebastien Auger St. Augustin-de-Desmavres, QC
James Edwardson Cornwall, ON
Shawn Jeffery Louisdale, NS
Jeremy Brown Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC
Brock Morrison Howie Center, NS
Noah Zilbert Fredericton, NB
Devon Oliver-Dares Cole Harbour, NS
Stephen Anderson Morell, PEI
MacKenzie Brown Tobique First Nation, NB
Mark Creaser Chester, NS
Ryan Caswell St. Stephen, NB
Jacob McNutt Wolfville, NS
Benjamin Hade Quebec, QC
Olivier LeBlanc Quebec, QC
Micheal Vered Ottawa, ON
Justin MacDonald Moncton, NB
David Mosher Fall River, NS
Richard Tingley Halifax, NS
Alex Fournier Beloeil, QC
Drew Michals Newton, MA