By Mike Stackhouse
1998 G Justen Close
1998 F Josh Fletcher
1998 D Blake Kleiner
1998 F Cameron Shorrock
1999 F Wil Van Der Sloot
1999 D Brendon Borbely
The Klippers lose a big chunk of scoring from last year’s squad; but are strong in goal and have a solid nucleus coming back on their blueline. New Head Coach Clayton Jardine is a 27-year-old rookie on the job, who knows the importance of team chemistry and may look to add as the season goes along should he see the team need an injection of offense.
OTHER PLAYERS TO WATCH
2000 F Damon McKenzie (Kindersley SK) local product put up 19-goals and 12-assists in 44-games with Battlefords Midget AAA last year and should get a chance to see what he can do immediately at the Junior ‘A’ level.
2000 F Brett Neumeier (Kerrobert SK) An excellent skater with solid strength for a first year player, Neumeier scored 8-goals and 9-assists in 44-games with Tisdale Midget AAA.
2000 D Jake Koroluk (Prince Albert SK) Strong puck moving defenseman should settle in nicely. Had 1-goal and 6-assists in 36-games with Prince Albert Midget AAA.
1999 F Connor Karo (Golden CO USA) Smooth skating defenseman, not a physically big player, but has good wheels to get out of trouble. 16-3-4-7 with Wenatchee Wolves U18.
1998 D Clay Keeley (Nanton AB) 1-goal and 7-assists in 59-games with Drumheller AJHL last season, said to be a good dressing room presence and expected to be a top shut down blueliner.
1998 F Nate Keeley (Nanton AB) 4-goals and 6-assists in 44-games with Drumheller AJHL and should be able to play a significant role up front in his final season.
2000 F Tyson Laduke (Okotoks AB) scored 6-goals and 7-assists in 33-games with Okotoks Oilers Midget AAA and also dressed for a game with Drumheller AJHL.