Pats veterans return for day one of training camp

Regina Pats training camp is underway once again as players and coaches hit the ice Thursday night.

The veterans skated first with rookie camp taking place later in the evening giving the coaching and scouting staff an opportunity to evaluate.

Pats forward Carter Massier said he’s hoping to step up this year for the team.

“This year (I want to) just play with more of a chip on my shoulder, put the puck in the net more and just be whatever the team needs me to be.”

Pats 20 year-old forward Austin Pratt said there’s higher expectations heading into this season.

“I think it’s going to be a different year from last year,” Pratt said. “Last year was about development, this year is about winning, so you’re definitely going to see a lot more wins and you’re going to see a more put-together team as we get a year older.”

Pats 20 year-old forward Robbie Holmes, who was reacquired from Everett in the offseason this year, said this year’s camp has a different feel to him this year.

“I’m coming here with the same attitude as I have the last few years,” Holmes said. “I want to lead by example and show the younger guys what it’s like to be a Pat.”

Scrimmages begin Friday night while the blue and white game will be played at the Brandt Centre on Monday.

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