In a sign that hockey season is getting closer, this week NHL teams are starting things off with their rookies. The Anaheim Ducks have sent a group of prospects to Penticton, British Columbia, to participate in a five-team rookie tournament.
Teams also participating include the host Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks. The format of the tournament is an 8 game round-robin. The Ducks games will be streamed live on the the Anaheim Ducks main website (www.anaheimducks.com), including Sunday, September 12 vs. San Jose, September 13 vs. Calgary and September 15 vs. Vancouver.
The Ducks have sent a broad roster of players, including five first-round draft picks and three picks from the most recent draft held in June. Cam Fowler, Emerson Etem, Devante Smith-Pelly will all play in their first rookie tournament. Peter Holland, Kyle Palmieri, Mark Mitera and Nick Bonino will also be playing.
Players participating will be hoping to extend their camp experience and earn an invitation to the main Ducks training camp that is set to open on September 18 at Anaheim Ice.