Close to 70 players are expected to attend Eastman Selects tryout camp which takes place this weekend at the Sun Gro Centre in Beausejour.

New head coach Scott Wong is thrilled that so many goaltenders, defensemen and forwards have registered for camp.

"I've seen the numbers the past two seasons. Last year they weren't very high and this year they jacked right up again. It's a good feeling that's for sure."

Wong replaces Dennis Senebald who guided Eastman to a 25-win season and a spot in the second round of the Manitoba "AAA" Midget Hockey League playoffs last year.

"I think as a coaching staff we bring a positive philosophy and we maintain consistency," said Wong who will be joined on the Selects bench by his brothers Darren and Keith. "I do, at least as a head coach, by keeping things fair and make sure the boys have fun and develop at the same time."

Wong adds it's going to be a full weekend of watching and evaluating the 70-plus players who will be attempting to make the team.

"I want to see them wear their heart on their chest. I want them to join our program because they want to join it. Not because they have nowhere else to go."

Wong has previously coached the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League's Transcona Railers as well as the Eastman Selects male AAA bantam team and the Selects City AAA Midget Hockey team.

"This is a new season and new team and we look forward to the challenge," said Wong. "We have to just take it practice-by-practice and game-by-game. Everything is new and I'm always willing to learn."

The Selects will open the 2017-2018 Manitoba "AAA" Midget Hockey League season on Saturday, September 30th against the Central Plains Capitals in Beausejour.

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Friday, November 17th

South Central Athletic Conference
High School Volleyball
Varsity Boys Final
SRSS vs Dakota
@ Steinbach, 8:30 p.m.
Varsity Girls Third Place Game
SRSS vs Glenlawn
@ Steinbach, 4 p.m.

WHSHL
SRSS vs West Kildonan
@ Steinbach, 7:30 p.m.

MJHL
Steinbach at Winkler, 7:30 p.m.
Portage at Dauphin, 7:30 p.m.
Wpg Blues at Wayway, 7:30 p.m.
Selkirk at Neepawa, 7:30 p.m.

KJHL
OCN at St. Malo, 8 p.m.

HTJHL
St. Adolphe vs Red River
@ St. Jean, 8 p.m.
Springfield vs Lorette
@ Ile des Chenes, 8 p.m.

MFMHL
Eastman vs Interlake
@ Gimli, 7:30 p.m.

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Wpg Wild at Kenora, 7:30 p.m.
Southwest vs Norman
@ Thompson, 7:30 p.m.

CSHL
St. Malo at Ste. Anne, 8 p.m.

WHL
Brandon at Saskatoon, 7:05 p.m.

AHL
Manitoba vs Chicago
@ Wpg, 7 p.m.

NHL
N.Y. Rangers at Columbus, 6 p.m.
Buffalo at Detroit, 6:30 p.m.

NBA
Detroit at Indiana, 6 p.m.
Miami at Washington, 6 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at Cleveland, 6:30 p.m.
New York at Toronto, 6:30 p.m.
Utah at Brooklyn, 6:30 p.m.
Charlotte at Chicago, 7 p.m.
Oklahoma City at San Antonio, 7 p.m.
Minnesota at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
Portland at Sacramento, 9 p.m.
New Orleans at Denver, 9:30 p.m.
Phoenix at L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 16th

South Central Athletic Conference
High School Volleyball
Junior Varsity Girls Final
Dakota over SRSS
25-23, 25-13, 25-14
Junior Varsity Boys Final
SRSS over Dakota
25-22, 25-22, 25-18

HTJHL
Mitchell 4 Lorette 1 

MJHL
OCN at Virden (ppd)

NHL
Winnipeg 3 Philadelphia 2 (SO)
Toronto 1 New Jersey 0 (OT)
N.Y. Islanders 6 Carolina 4
Pittsburgh 3 Ottawa 1
Arizona 5 Montreal 4
Tampa Bay 6 Dallas 1
Minnesota 6 Nashville 4
St. Louis 4 Edmonton 1
Colorado 6 Washington 2
Vegas 5 Vancouver 2
Florida 2 San Jose 0
Boston 2 Los Angeles 1

NFL
Pittsburgh 40 Tennessee 17 

NBA
Boston 92 Golden State 88
Houston 142 Phoenix 116

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