Ward brings a well-rounded skill set to the Northern Capitals team this season. (Northern Capitals/photo)

Ward brings a well-rounded skill set to the Northern Capitals team this season. (Northern Capitals/photo)

Northern Capitals final roster is set ahead of season opener

Caps looking to bounce back from last season

A new season is just around the corner for the Northern Capitals U18 female AAA hockey team, who will host their season opener at home on the weekend of Sept. 25.

Final team rosters were announced last week and the first training camp opened on Aug. 13 in preparation for the season.

The Caps had a disappointing 2020/21 campaign, finishing with a 2-4-2 record, good for 4th among the five league teams. This year though, they have high hopes to compete for the B.C. Hockey U18FAAA championship, as two players on the roster are currently committed to U Sport universities.

Among the players making the final cut is Kitimat home-town girl Camryn Ward, who will be returning to the team’s forward lineup this season.

“She’s defensively sound [and] offensively she brings some excitement to the game winning the puck one-on-one battles and being able to put it to her point-man,” Trevor Sprauge, the Cap’s general manager, said.

A well-rounded player and creative hockey player who is somebody that the whole team gets along with, Sprauge said.

This year’s team expectations is to play to the highest level as a team and make it the Esso Cup, Sprauge said.

Head Coach Mario Desjardins is back behind the bench this season, entering his 7th year as leader the squad