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Bobcats End Main Tryout Camp

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 It feels like summer just began-- so it's a little crazy to think that in only a month and a half the Bismarck Bobcats will be stepping on the ice for their first games of the year.
The Bobcats made 10 selections in the draft earlier this summer--and now they are on the hunt to beef up their roster even more.
Today was the last day of their Main tryout camp-- and I was able to catch up with some of the players after their All-Star game.

Toughness----it separates the men from the boys--and this is especially true when you're talking about hockey players.

Matt Perry said,"Coaches really like the physical play especially in our league it's very physical and very physically demanding, so it's um, yeah you gotta play physical so that's what they look for a lot."
Harrison Aide adds, "I'm not much of a physical guy but I guess I'll throw my body around when needed but some players I think go out there and hit show them whose tough."

And as a camp rookie--there's no better way to test your toughness--than to play with and against the team veterans.

 "They have us playing with them a lot so it's just a lot of um, I'd say trying to build chemistry, or just leading by example, just going out there and making the right plays and just showing them that they're just one of us," said Matt Perry.

Becoming a Bobcat--that's the ultimate goal--and there's no question why kids come from all over the United States to tryout for this team in particular.

Cullen Willox said, " I definitely think that Bismarck has a tradition of being a winning team, I mean they've won the central division multiple times, so I mean I definitely think that this team is definitely on everyone's radar to be on."

And once at camp--you have just three days to prove yourself to the coaches and staff--rookie Harrison Aide tells us what he feels is the key to becoming a Bobcat.

 "Just play all 4 consistent days the same, not be up one time and down the other, stay solid throughout the weekend," said Aide.

This year the Bobcats are in a rebuilding phase--which the veterans say-- is not always a bad thing.

Perry  said," I think it's a positive just to rebuild a whole team and build a lot of team chemistry, last year I didn't think we had the greatest team chemistry so this year we're definitely looking to change that and the group of veterans we have are all on the same page."

The players who made the cut after today will be tested again in training camp come August--where more cuts will be made before the season starts in September.

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