A new version of the Coulee Region Chill began taking taking shape Thursday afternoon, as the team opened tryouts for the upcoming season. Only 10 players are returning from a season ago, coach AJ Degenhardt said, so the four-day camp will present many new faces.
The Chill finished third in the North American Hockey League Midwest Division last season before falling to the Minnesota Wilderness in the first round of the Robertson Cup Playoffs.
Goalie Adam Carlson and leading scorer Adam Lovick are no longer with the team, but there's plenty of talent skating this weekend at Green Island Ice Arena.
It's time to find out who will make the arena home, and who is packing up their skates.
"We want to see out of these guys how hard they are willing to compete, see them do the little things on the ice and we'll kind of preach to them what we want throughout the weekend, and get our chance to see if they can follow through and do what we're asking," Degenhardt said.
"It's a little nerve racking. Coming up you're not really sure what to expect what your team is going to be like, what the other teams are going to be like," rookie Bayley Marshall said. "You just got to come up and give it your all and hope for the best."
The camp is open to the public and free to attend. The Chill plans to have the roster finalized by Sunday afternoon.