Otters to hold training camp in Ancaster

The Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League announced at a press conference today that they will be heading to Ancaster, Ontario for their 2012 Training Camp.


The Otters 2012 Training Camp begins the evening of Monday, August 27th with player registration at the Morgan Firestone Arena. All on-ice training sessions at the Morgan Firestone Arena are open to the public free of charge. Connor McDavid, the first overall pick in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection by the Otters and the third player to receive “exceptional status” entry into the OHL, will be attending his first official OHL training camp.


“Due to the renovation of Erie Insurance Arena we are fortunate to have the opportunity to hold this year’s Erie Otters Training Camp at the Morgan Firestone Arena,” Otters General Manager Sherwood Bassin said. “We are thrilled and excited to be presented with an opportunity to hold our camp in a world class facility. Their Olympic and NHL-sized rinks along with gorgeous outdoor facilities make Morgan Firestone Arena a great location to hold Training Camp.”


The Otters 2012 Training Camp will culminate with an exhibition game against the defending Eastern Conference champion Niagara IceDogs on Friday, August 31st at the Morgan Firestone Arena. Tickets for the 7:00 p.m. contest are $10.00 and a portion of the proceeds will support the Rotary Spray Pad Project.


Another game will also take place in the Hamilton-area to benefit the Skate the Dream program, which provides kids that would not normally have the opportunity to play ice hockey a chance to participate. The Otters will face off against the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Rouyn-Noranda Huskies at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 1st at the North Wentworth Arena in Flamborough, Ontario. Tickets are $12.00 or $10.00 with a donation to the Flamborough Food Bank.


The 10th annual Erie Otters Champions for Education Golf Tournament will be held Wednesday, September 12 at Peek’n Peak Resort and Spa’s Lower Course in Findley Lake, N.Y. The 11:00 a.m. shotgun tournament will offer golfers an opportunity to play with a member of the Otters on one of the Erie-area’s most picturesque and challenging courses. The benefactor of the Tournament is the Erie Otters Education Fund, which supports The Brad Boyes Scholarship, awarded annually to a local male high school athlete who excels on and off the playing field. Registration for the tourney is $150 per player and includes golf with a GPS-equipped cart, lunch, snacks and beverages on the course, dinner following golf, prizes and much, much more. Space is limited so register today by calling Sean Newsham of the Erie Otters at 814-455-7779.

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