The 2018-19 BCHL season doesn’t officially begin until September – but if you ask Surrey Eagles head coach Brandon West, it has already started. The recruiting process is seemingly year-round, but spring camp is the time when a lot of decisions are made. The Eagles are hosting theirs over the long weekend from May 19th to 21st.
The goal of spring camp is to open the doors of South Surrey Arena to players born between 1999-2003 and evaluate the talent available as the team begins to form their roster for the upcoming season. Last year over a dozen players who appeared at Eagles spring camp were invited to main camp in August. A handful were committed to on the spot.
“It’s about earning an opportunity – whether that’s an invitation to main camp or being committed to,” said West. “We have a lot of players coming from all over, not just BC and the west coast. We want to have a competitive camp to show people how competitive we are as an organization. It’s going to be an exciting time.”
The Eagles are coming off their most successful season in five years, and the buzz around the organization reflects the excitement of the fans in the South Surrey/White Rock area. Their thrilling playoff run was cut short by a game seven loss in the second round to Prince George – but the team is looking to build off that going into 2018-19.
“The BCHL is such a great league,” West continued. “There are 17 teams, and they are all a privilege and an honour to play for. We want to be one of those premier franchises in the league, and we feel like we’ve put a good product together.”
West, who was hired by the Eagles last year shortly before spring camp 2017, is more settled this time around.
“I wasn’t as familiar with some of the players in the area last year. Now I feel like we have a good grasp, and we also have a grasp on what we’re looking to build on coming out of this spring camp.”
The camp is set to begin tomorrow morning at 7:30 AM with player registration, and will be capped off on Monday afternoon with a “Top 40” game scheduled for 3 PM at South Surrey Arena. Fans are encouraged to come out to the rink if they want to check out the action, as it will be open to the public.
For a list of all the ice times, please take a look at the image posted below.