Over the weekend the Chicago Cougars hosted their annual tryout for players born 2001-1997 in hopes to put together a championship caliber team for the upcoming 2017-18 season. Despite being a holiday weekend the Cougars saw record numbers over 140 players in attendance from 14 different states!
Players arrived Friday night for their first of three games in front of coaches and scouts from the NAHL, NCDC, and USPHL Premier leagues in attendance. Goalies each saw time in their team's respected games in addition to a 1.5 hour Goalie specific clinic with lead instructor Craig Anderson of the Ottawa Senators and 2017 NHL Masterton Award Winner! With check-in, games, and Goalie session Friday was a whirlwind. Players went home and got some much needed rest before Saturday.
A similar schedule ensued Saturday with players competing in two games each and another 1.5 hour Goalie session to evaluate the Goaltenders at the tryout. In between games players and parents were encouraged to attend a Junior Hockey Educational Seminar and Coach's Meet and Greet. Questions were answered regarding Junior hockey, billeting, evaluation and selection of teams, exposure, etc. and it seemed everyone came out of the hour session more knowledgeable than before.
Once Saturday wrapped up it was home for the players to enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend and coaches have been calling every player registered for specific feedback the last two days.
In the last 24 hours we have received some great feedback including:
"Thank you for putting together a stellar two days!"
"We wanted to thank you for a great experience."
All of this for only $59 registration fee proves to be one of the best investments a hockey player can make. Thank you very much for everyone who participated, volunteers who helped, coaches that traveled to recruit, families that were able to attend, and fans that came out to watch. This was a great weekend had by all!
The Cougars will open up training camp in late August/early September and start USPHL Premier league play September 15th in Detroit against the Motor City Hawks.