Returning players should participate in at least two tryouts before the final one.
BOARDMAN -- Preparations for the Youngstown Phantoms' 2005-06 ice hockey season kicked off last weekend with the first preliminary tryout camp at the Arctic Pond in Plymouth, Mich.
Bob Mainhardt, Phantoms coach, and Ian Fredricks, assistant coach, evaluated the talents of 70 prospects as they began the process of forming a 25-man roster.
The North American Hockey League (NAHL) regular season begins in mid-September.
"The quality of the players definitely exceeded the quantity," Fredricks said. "Based on the fact that we have some players returning, we get to be a little more selective, and it paid off because the talent was excellent."
The 70 players included nine returning Phantoms from last season and a few of their recent tender signings.
Mainhardt requested that his returning players take part in at least of the two tryout camps before attending the team's final tryout camp.
Among last year's Phantoms that impressed the coaches' in Plymouth was forward and Ursuline senior Naaman Moormann.
"Naaman has really worked hard in the last couple months on his stick-handling. I think he was the best player at camp," Fredricks said.
Of those who skated in Michigan, 28 were invited to the Phantoms' final camp, to be held July 14-17 at The Ice Zone on McClurg Road. Among those 28 included all veterans and tenders that played last weekend.
The second preliminary camp will be June 10-12 at The Ice Zone. Approximately 120 players are expected to participate.
The public is invited to attend and catch the camp in person. Admission is free and game times will be announced next week.