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09-28-2012, 09:15 AM
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43 players will begin camp this coming Sunday, September 30, in preparation for the club’s 75th season of play in the American Hockey League. Following physicals and meetings, the group of players will be split into two squads, with the first squad taking to the ice at GIANT Center at 10:30 AM.

The roster consists of the following players:

GOALTENDERS (5): Brandon Anderson, Philipp Grubauer, Braden Holtby, Sergey Kostenko, Dany Sabourin

DEFENSEMEN (14): Julien Brouillette, Adam Comrie, Brett Flemming, Tomas Kundratek, Kevin Marshall, Patrick McNeill, Steven Oleksy, Dmitry Orlov, Cameron Schilling, Garrett Stafford, Dustin Stevenson, Brad Walch, Patrick Wellar, Scott Wietecha

FORWARDS (24): Barry Almeida, Matt Beaudoin, Alex Berry, Mike Carman, Joel Champagne, David Civitarese, Matt Clackson, Jon DiSalvatore, Stanislav Galiev, Tyler Gron, Zach Hamill, Jon Kalinski, Boyd Kane, David Marshall, Garrett Mitchell, Danick Paquette, Matt Pope, Ryan Potulny, Mattias Sjogren, Ryan Stoa, T.J. Syner, Jeff Taffe, Jesse Todd, David Vallorani
Three of these (Walch, Marshall, and Todd) are on ECHL contracts with the Royals and were invited to Bears camp.

Anybody know how many of these guys are eligible/likely to be sent back to juniors after training camp? Assuming the Bears keep 13-14 forwards, 7-8 dmen, and 2-3 goalies, plus an injury or two during camp, the Royals still might end up getting enough players out of this group to fill out the entire lineup for opening night.

If the lockout doesn't get settled this could be a great year to be a minor league hockey fan in central PA. Of course it will also turn out to be a bad year to be a player with ECHL level talent. 25 guys in Royals camp, and unless something changes probably less than half have a chance to make the 22 man roster limit to start the season.

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