RoughRiders' Tryout Camp Opens Friday
Cedar Rapids, Iowa- The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders will hold their 2009 tryout camp this weekend at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena. Approximately 80 players will take part in the camp, which begins Friday morning at 8:00. The camp will culminate in all-star games Saturday night and Sunday morning; fans attending Saturday night's game will have the chance to win a RoughRiders Fantasy Package.
Most prominent among the camp participants are ten returnees from last season's Cedar Rapids team: forwards Jeff Costello, Zach Lehrke, Ben Lynch, Cody Murphy, Jared Rickord and Eric Robinson; defensemen Bryce Aneloski, Brock Carlston and Doug Leaverton and goaltender Troy Grosenick.
This weekend will also present RoughRider fans with their first chance to watch Nolan Zajac, the team's first round pick earlier this month in the United States Hockey League Entry Draft, and Cason Hohmann, the Riders top pick in the recent USHL Futures Draft.
Players will be divided into four teams that will play three games each. Games will be played Friday morning and Friday evening and again Saturday morning before teams are reset for games Saturday evening, including the first of two camp all-star games Saturday night at 7:00. The top performers in camp will return to the ice to wrap up the weekend with the second all-star game Sunday morning at 10:00.
This year for the first time fans will have the chance to enter a Pick-the-Best contest Saturday evening during the first of the two camp all-star games. Ballots listing all of the players participating in the all-star game will be distributed to fans in attendance, who will then be able to choose who they feel are the best 15 players in the game. The fan who picks the most players who make the Riders' post-camp roster will win the RoughRiders Fantasy Package, which includes four tickets to a 2009-10 regular season game, an autographed RoughRider t-shirt, the chance to sit on the Riders' bench during pre-game warm-ups and a tour of the Riders' locker room. In the event of a tie for the most correct choices, the winner will be drawn randomly from among the tied ballots.
All tryout camp sessions are free and open to the public. The RoughRiders Fan Club will be on hand at the ice arena throughout camp selling a variety of food and beverages.
2009 RoughRiders Tryout Camp
Thursday May 28
Friday May 29
7:00AM goalie practice
8:00AM-10:00AM White vs. Green
10:30AM-12:30PM Gold vs. Red
5:30PM-7:30PM White vs. Gold
8:00PM-10:00PM Green vs. Red
Saturday May 30
8:00AM-10:00AM Red vs. White
10:30AM-12:30PM Gold vs. Green
4:00PM-6:00PM Teams T.B.A.
7:00PM-9:30PM All Star game #1
Sunday May 31
10:00AM-12:00PM All Star game #2
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