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Rogger Recaps Camp

06/20/2013, 12:30pm CDT
By Ryan Meyer

Urbandale (IA) The ice has now melted at Buccaneer Arena meaning only one thing, Try Out Camp is now over and we look ahead to the players returning in September.  Over 160 kids ascended on Des Moines last weekend battling for a spot on the Buccaneers training camp roster.  Throughout the weekend there were 23 total hockey games played, 20 round robin games, 2 All Star games, and the Young Guns game. 

“It was a long weekend but we believed we have found what we are looking for when it comes to putting together the roster for next season” said Rogger about how camp went.  “We are extremely excited with the play of our veterans and our draft picks.  It was also great seeing some free agents step up this past weekend and earn a spot at training camp this fall.”

Going into camp this summer the coaching staff came in a little more prepared having a full season of play and recruiting under their belt. 

“The biggest difference at this years camp was that we knew we only had a few holes to fill unlike last season where we had 18-20 open spots on this team” Rogger explains when comparing last year’s camp to this one.  “The talent level this year definitely took a step up.”

There were many familiar faces at camp with numerous veterans returning next season.  It was also good to see many of the draft picks, futures and entry picks, at camp this summer.

“This camp produced much more skill up front. The defense is going to be much bigger and strong this season.  Goaltending should be improved with a veteran returning next season” said Rogger about things that stood out at camp.

Of course this is only a taste of what we will see when training camp comes around in September. 

“This season expect to see a more high powered offense that plays hard and with an edge. We should be strong both at defense and with goaltending. We as a coaching staff we feel that we should definitely be in the top four of our division next season” says Rogger.

The Des Moines Buccaneers are preparing for their 34th consecutive season in the United States Hockey League.  Since 1980, the Buccaneers have produced hundreds of NCAA Division I players and dozens of professional alumni. Season Ticket Packages and Corporate Partnership information for the 2013-2014 season is available by calling (515) 278-2827.

Axel signs with Helsingborgs HC

06/18/2013, 11:00am CDT
By Ryan Meyer

Urbandale (IA) Axel Wemmenborn has signed his first pro contract in his home country of Sweden.  Axel has signed with Helsingborgs Hockey Club of the Swedish Division 1 League.

The 2012-2013 season was Axels’ lone season with the Des Moines Buccaneers.  In 61 games played he amassed 10 goals and 28 assists for 38 points.  This earned him the Curt Hammer award as the leading point getter on the Buccaneers.  We would like to congratulate Axel on his signing and wish him the best of luck with his hockey career. 

The Des Moines Buccaneers are preparing for their 34th consecutive season in the United States Hockey League.  Since 1980, the Buccaneers have produced hundreds of NCAA Division I players and dozens of professional alumni. Season Ticket Packages and Corporate Partnership information for the 2013-2014 season is available by calling (515) 278-2827.

Try Out Camp Preview

06/04/2013, 4:15pm CDT
By Ryan Meyer

Urbandale (IA) The 2013-2014 season makes its true start June 13th-16th as the Buccaneers host their Try Out Camp at Buccaneer Arena.  Head Coach and GM Jon Rogger and his staff will evaluate players from across the country as they try to make the Des Moines Buccaneer roster.  The camp will consist of several veteran players, drafted players, and free agents.  Since the draft Coach Rogger and his staff have been finalizing player evaluations from the long season and putting the final touches on camp details.

 

“We have been out scouting at the Chowder Cup in Boston and the Global Sports Camp in Chicago. These are two events that produce many future USHL players” said Rogger about the past couple of weekends scouting. “We are also trying to solidify our import players by talking with our European scouts and Advisors.”

 

Many details go into a camp to make sure it runs at a high level.  The coaching staff has to evaluate players in detail and place them on the right teams.

 

“The other Coaches (Bennett and Devereaux) and I have been evaluating our draft lists and returning veterans. We are making sure teams are equal and positioned properly.” says Rogger.  “Right now we have a good feel for what we are looking for at camp and the role players that we need to fill positions on this team.”

 

Camp is a true test for all players.  It is a testament to your off ice workouts and commitment to the sport.  The coaching staff will now get to see many of the futures draft players competing with veterans and other free agents.  Players like Josh Couturier, Jake Wahlin and Alex Jasiak, who we got a taste of last season, will also be at camp.

 

“We are looking for guys to come into camp in shape.  They have to be willing to do whatever it takes to win the small battles” Rogger said when asked about what he looks for from players coming into camp. “We want guys competing 110% throughout the whole weekend.  We are looking for consistent players with a good hockey sense.”

 

Veterans play a key roll on every sports team and this holds true for the Buccaneers’ this upcoming season.  There will be at least 14 players from the 2012-2013 season at camp this summer including locals Willem Nong-Lambert and Patrick Grasso. Goaltender Billy Christopoulos will be returning, also Tanner Karty will be returning for his 3rd season with the Buccaneers.

 

“With our veterans we expect them to be the top players on the ice in each game” says Rogger.  “We also look for them to be leaders on and off the ice helping the younger guys prepare for what it’s like to play in the USHL.”

Coach Rogger and his Assistants (Bennett and Devereaux) will be evaluating and attempting to assemble a quality Buccaneer team for the 2013-2014 season.  Scouts Al Dorich and Marty Mjelleli will be in town assisting with the coaching staff, both are former Buccaneers.  The staff also expects multiple scouts to be in town.

 

“There will be anywhere from 15-20 D1 schools as well as 7 NAHL teams” said Rogger about other scouts at the camp. “3 NHL teams plan to attend as well.”

 

Camp should be exciting as usual as this will be the first taste of the 2013-2014 Des Moines Buccaneers.

 

“We are very excited and prepared for camp this year knowing exactly which holes to fill.  We are extremely excited to see our draft picks compete against our veterans.  We also have many free agents coming to camp that will have a great opportunity to compete for spots on the roster.  The coaching staff and I look forward to showing you the future of the Des Moines Buccaneers” say Rogger.

 

The Des Moines Buccaneers are preparing for their 34th consecutive season in the United States Hockey League.  Since 1980, the Buccaneers have produced hundreds of NCAA Division I players and dozens of professional alumni. Season Ticket Packages and Corporate Partnership information for the 2013-2014 season is available by calling (515) 278-2827.