The Lone Star Brahmas completed their Main Camp in Detroit last weekend. The camp consisted of six teams playing four games each Thursday through Saturday morning. The Brahmas Coaching Staff evaluated the player’s performance through the 12 games and then selected two All-Star teams that competed in games Saturday evening and Sunday morning.
Reports from inside camp were very positive and were echoed by Head Coach Dan Wildfong once camp had concluded. “It went really well, Potter (Assistant Coach Jeff Potter) did a great job of recruiting and we had a really good group of guys at camp,” said Wildfong. “I feel we can be a contender this year.”
Lone Star used several tenders and draft picks to shore up the back end this off season. With the returning vets Wildfong feels like the defense will be in good shape. He also pointed out that several of the forwards skated well over the weekend. “Overall it was a highly competitive camp,” he said.
Wildfong saw the Brahmas get off to a slow start last season, but made some midseason moves that seemed to ignite the team down the stretch. They finished the last two months of the season with a .594 winning percentage finishing one spot out of the playoffs. He sees the potential to eliminate that slow start this season. “Either All-Star team would have beaten our team last year by a couple of goals,” he said. “That is a step in the right direction, especially with the way we finished.”
The thirty man roster will report to the NyTex Sports Centre for Training Camp on August 16 and 17 a full month before they open the season at the NAHL Showcase Tournament. “We think Blaine is such a big important even for these guys,” explained Wildfong. “Last year we weren’t ready and this year we want to make sure we are prepared.” Nearly every NCAA program and NHL franchise will have scouts at the Showcase. A month of preparation will hopefully not only get the season off to a good start, but also let the players standout in front of the scouts as well.
With the August 16 reporting date quickly approaching, the Brahmas are still looking for three to five Billet Families to house players this coming season. Billet families play a very important role in the personal development of the players and form lasting bonds with the young men living in their homes. If you would like more information on becoming a Billet Family please contact Susan at [email protected].
Once the home opener rolls around on October 10th, Brahmas fans can look forward to a new experience. Not only will there be new faces in the purple and black sweaters, there will be new in arena PA and radio voices. Fans will see a completely new sheet of ice with new sponsor’s logos. The Brahmas’ front office has been hard at work lining up new sponsors for this season which will make for a more professional and productive season off the ice. The roster of new sponsors is also making it possible for the staff to develop a promotion schedule for each and every home game.
Things are shaping up for an even bigger, better, more exciting season both on and off the ice.