Perhaps the simplest but also the best advice for Mammoth hopefuls competing at the Mammoth’s second and final training camp this weekend came from Mammoth goaltender Dillon Ward, who said “It all comes down to listening to coaches.”
Ward, a stalwart wall in Coyle’s defensive system, also expressed excitement for an additional defensive coaching presence in Andrew McBride who, along with offensive coordinator Shawn Williams, is joining the Mammoth coaching staff for his inaugural season.
“We believe in Pat completely, and now he can instill his defensive knowledge and his system into McBride,” said Ward. “It’s nice to have another set of eyes on the defense.”
Colorado’s training camp finale commences tonight with one last practice at the TRAC before the Mammoth scrimmage the Rock in Toronto on Saturday and the Black Wolves in Buffalo on Sunday.
These preseason scrimmages between cross-conference rivals likely will not tell the Mammoth’s coaching staff a lot about how the team will play in the 2018-19 season, but they’re still important.
“Our scrimmages this weekend are a big deal for individual players,” said head coach Pat Coyle. “For some, it’s their last chance to make the team.
“Last week, we had a real good handle on 80-90% of the team, but there are still a couple of positions on offense and defense where there is a group of guys competing for one or two spots. Last week confirmed the group of players that is going to be in competition.”
The Mammoth return to Colorado and open their 2018-19 campaign at Pepsi Center on Saturday, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. The Mammoth's home opener against the San Diego Seals will also be their second-annual Teddy Bear Toss game, benefiting A Precious Child. Tickets are on sale now at AltitudeTickets.com.