Training camp is now in the books for the Humboldt Broncos but the work to continue to try and be a member of their 45th edition of the storied franchise continues Tuesday night in Nipawin.
The team will begin an exhibition schedule at the Cage making that the opening of a five game in six day stretch leading up to a three in three day weekend.
Broncos' captain Anthony Kapelke sat out the green and gold game Sunday as mostly hopefuls and second year players suited up. The 20 year-old Edmonton product is excited to get his third and final season underway.
"It's a pretty cool feeling," he said about returning to the Elgar Petersen Arena. "The weather isn't ideal but there's nothing better than coming to the rink with the weather nice still, just the buzz in the air. Everyone is excited to be back, see what we have coming in, see what guys did over the Summer, yeah it's exciting for sure."
The camp featured 145 players including prospects and hopefuls, the top 40 played in the annual green and gold game which green took in overtime on the strength of Logan Schatz's pair of goals including the overtime winner. Wyatt Reindeau, Andrew Thompson and Laramie Kostelansky also found the back of the net for the winning team.
Michael Korol, Corey Dambrauskus, Carter Doell and Tian Rask scored for the gold side.
General Manager Darcy Haugan will likely keep an expanded roster for the week as a number of players are still in the mix, Kapelke is hoping they find the right ingredients to improve on a disappointing finish to last season.
"No one wants it to end like that and end so short but it's something you've got to think about over the Summer but once this season starts we kind of forget about it because it's a new season. We're moving forward, new coach, new team, you've got to move forward, you can't live in the past."
As for the new bench boss in Haugan, the Broncos' leader likes what he sees and has heard.
"You can tell he is excited to be here and just hearing buzz though out the community, what my billets are saying, he's talking to people in the stands, he getting to know everyone. He's establishing himself in the community and establishing what he wants out of the Humboldt Broncos, I think he is going to be a great fit here."
Tuesday's game in Nipawin is at 7:30, Wednesday they visit the reigning champs in Melfort, Thursday is a day off before meeting the Battlefords in a home and home set beginning Friday at the EPA. Puck drop is 7:30, they will be in NB on Saturday. That game can be heard on the radio beginning with the pre-game show at 7:15. Sunday the Hawks return to Elgar's to close the pre-season schedule.
You can hear more from Kapelke in his interview with Bolt FM's Clark Stork below.