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2005 "Rookie Camp" RECAP

During the weekend of April 30, 2005 and May 1, 2005 the Saint Louis University Men's Ice Hockey team held its annual "Rookie Camp". Eighteen prospective student athletes attended the camp, of which twelve are already committed to SLU for the fall 2005 semester. Other attendees are either in the process of applying to the university or making their final decision.

Mike KeaneMike Keane - Incoming Freshman - St. Mary's Prep HS, St. Louis MO

The coaches and administration thank all the participants, current players and Alumni players for making the 2005 "Rookie Camp" a huge success. During the first day on the ice the Rookies experienced Head Coach John Bosch and Associate Coach Kevin McGlynn as they ran the Rookies through an hour and fifteen minutes of high tempo flows drills culminating into a brisk 40 minute 5 on 5 scrimmage that ended when incoming committed freshman defenseman, Tyler Crews shattered a pane of glass directly behind the goal. Could this be a glimpse of what will be seen from the "new look" Billikens and Crews - shattering glass and records as they prepare for the 2005-2006 season? Off the ice, on Saturday, the Rookies met the current players and Alumni at a Team Social that was highlighted by the 2004-2005 Season Awards Presentation by Coach Bosch.

On Sunday, several students toured the SLU Campus prior to heading to the rink for more on ice activity. Associate Grad Coach, Justin Stiehr took over the on ice coaching duties and led the Rookies through their paces with a good mix of offensive and defensive situational drills while Coach Bosch and Coach McGlynn observed. After an hour and ten minutes, the participants took a break for the ice cut and then returned to several long ice - flow drills led by SLU Division 2 Head Coach, Mike McLaughlin and new Assistant D2 Coach, Nathan Ryckman. The camp closed on Sunday with a good 35 minute 4 on 4 scrimmage.

Overall, the camp gave the Rookies the opportunity to experience all the Saint Louis University coaches, meet current players, meet Alumni players and get to know each other in order to assist with the transition to SLU in the fall of 2005. The coaches' assessment was very positive with the opportunities that exist for the incoming freshmen class. "I believe that this could be the best incoming group of freshmen and transfers that we have seen in the last 5 years." said Coach Bosch as he looked over the list of participants. "I have a difficult time making any separation or individualizing this group of incoming players as they seem to have immediately meshed during this camp. Mini Camp in late July, Try-Out Camp in late August and the new season coming up this fall will be an exciting time for us all."

For more information on the Saint Louis University 2006 "Rookie Camp" which will be held the last weekend in April, 2006 please contact Head Men's Ice Hockey Coach, John Bosch.

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