By Brian Lester
Aaron Davis is still working on putting his Dallas Snipers roster together for the upcoming Western States Hockey League season.
With a young team a year ago that won just 19 games, the Snipers head coach is confident his team will be much improved this season as several of the players are set to return.
“We have about eight to 10 guys coming back, but possibly a few more depending on players trying out at [NAHL] camps. Hopefully we’ll get a few more guys with experience. We are also looking at some European guys who could end up playing for us if they don’t make one of the leagues over there.”
The Snipers finished last in the Mid-Western Division, but Davis has hit the recruiting trail hard and feels good about the way things are going so far.
“I feel like we are going in the right direction,” Davis said. “We’re talking to a lot of different players, including some local guys, and we feel good about the team we are building here.”
The Snipers played well at times last season and Davis is happy with the way the team played down the stretch.
“We really came on toward the end and we’re hoping to build off that,” Davis said. “Those guys worked hard and we want to have the same type of work ethic this year.”
Not only is Davis counting on his players to work hard but he knows having players with experience will make a difference as well.
“It’s always great when you have experience on your team,” Davis said. “Those guys know what to expect from me as a coach and I know their strengths and what they are capable of doing.”
The Snipers open camp at the end of August but won’t start playing games that count until late September.
“We’ll get out on the ice and start training and it’s good we have time to get ready for the season,” Davis said. “We’re hoping to go out and have our best season ever here.”
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