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Rookie Camp... No Thanks


By Fred Wallace

 The Owen Sound Attack Rookie Camp opens today and I have NO plans to attend.......what's the point ?


It's not that I don't fully realize how significant these first few days are for the newcomers and for the organization, it's just that every year I come away thinking I need my eyes checked.


Watching Brooklin play lacrosse this Summer, I saw Nick Chaykowski playing for the Merchants and remembered that I liked him at the Attack Rookie Camp in 2012....he never made it.


Three years ago, a fleet free agent invite by the Greg Smith dominated, DOMINATED, Rookie camp and while he did play some games for the Attack....he didn't play many.


TWO years ago, the best of the bunch at Attack Rookie Camp was a mobile defender named Luke Beamish.


Beamish was dazzling, but not overly big and so the Attack, with depth on the blueline assigned him to Georgetown where he performed well, returned to the Attack and then was jettisoned to Erie in a deal.


And then last year, the guy that stood out to me was a lanky forward who was perpetually on the attack, a guy named Keanan Stewart..........


Guess what ? Keanan Stewart didn't even get an invite to the Attack Main Camp.


In fairness, this may prove that I know NOTHING about projecting hockey players, and truthfully, I should leave the team building to the professionals.


But I can't bear to attend another Attack Rookie Camp knowing that the star that shines brightest might never see the light of day in Owen Sound.

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