It's nearing the end of August, and that means the Swan Valley Stampeders are getting closer to holding their Main Camp as they prepare for the 2018-19 MJHL season.
Taurean White, who took over the reigns as the HC/GM of the Stamps before last season... led the team to the playoffs in his first year as the team got hot late in the season. But, the Stampeders graduated several 20-year-olds including their leading scorers in Connor Navrot and Keaton Jameson and Duck Bay's Daniel Chartrand.
"Obviously we turned over quite a large group of 20-year-olds this past season," said White. "The focus this summer has pretty much been all about recruiting and bringing in players we feel would work well on this team. Our scouts have done a tremendous job in doing that as well."
"Then, of course, it's important to spend some time with family, because they sacrifice so much throughout the winter months with everything that goes on," added White. "It's been a busy summer, but a good one."
Throughout the summer months, some of the signings the Stamps have made include hometown boy Carter Cockburn. They've also signed young prospects Carson Pawlenchuk, and Jacob Thomson to name a few.
"I think we're happy with what we've done so far," said White. "Providing everyone comes to camp, we're excited to be going through a process of picking a team that could give us some success."
Despite camp not starting for another nearly 20 days, White says he's already ready to go, and can't wait to get things started back at the Centennial Arena.
"I think if you were to ask me, I'd be okay if camp started next week," White. "Once August rolls around, I'm always usually ready to go. I think it's going to be a pretty exciting season around here, and league-wide...so definitely, I'm ready for things to start."
The Stamps kick off their season on September 21.