Dauphin, Canada

The Bantam Parkland Rangers had their tryouts a couple weeks ago.

Now, the team will begin their pre-season this weekend as they travel to Portage for a tournament.

"The guys definitely looked good at camp," said Tom White, Head Coach. "There's a good mix of 04's and 05's. The guys really showed off their skill and we had some size as well. It was good."

"We're at 25 guys heading into the tournament here," said Tom White. "So everyone will get lots of playing time, and we'll cut our numbers down to 19 after this weekend."

The Bantam Rangers have big shoes to continue to fill. Last year's team won a bronze medal at the Rural Provincial Championships.

Although that's not something Tom is worried about right now being only September 14, he likes the team's chances.

"I mean it's quite early to tell I'd say," said White. "It's a long season and we have a long way to go. It's about developing players, but I'm pretty confident in the players we have."

"We're going to have some pretty good skill up front," added White. "We've got some big defencemen and our goalies look really good right now. We're going to have some tough decisions to make, and that's what we want."

The team's schedule for this weekend is as followed:

Friday - 6:15 p.m. vs Interlake.
Saturday - 1:00 p.m. vs Yellowhead.
 
Saturday - 5:15 p.m. vs Eastman.
 
Sunday - 1:15 p.m. vs Pembina Valley.
 
Overall, Tom's excited to get things going in his first season as head coach.
 
"I'm really looking forward to the season," said White. "It's the first time being a head coach at this level. I'm really excited to just get it going."