The Salt Lake City Moose have settled into their new home after the move from Park City and head coach Aaron Kinslow is looking forward to seeing what the team can accomplish during the 2012-13 Western States Hockey League campaign.
â€œThings have gone well over the summer,â€ Kinslow said. â€œWe have done a good job of recruiting and we are excited about the potential we have as a team.â€
The Moose will have its only camp of the offseason Sept. 7-9 and Kinslow is expecting a good turnout for it.
â€œWe should have a good number of players coming in for it,â€ Kinslow said. â€œIt will be competitive and weâ€™re looking forward to filling out our roster and getting ready for the upcoming season.â€
Kinslow said it can be a challenge to put a team together but he is confident the Moose will be ready to roll once the season gets started.
â€œIt’s like trying to put a puzzle together. You have to find the pieces that fit,â€ Kinslow said. â€œWe want players who have good hockey skills but we also want players with good character. Everyone has to play a role on the team in order to be successful.â€Kinslow is aware of the fact that the Moose will be competing in one of the toughest conferences in the country, which is why being in shape is crucial.
â€œWe have to be in the best physical shape possible,â€ Kinslow said. â€œWe also have to be mentally tough because it’s a long season.â€
As for expectations for the season ahead, Kinslow said he wants to see his team put forth its best effort each night.
â€œWe are going to be up against very good teams. We have the defending league champion [Idaho] in our conference. There are no easy games and we have to be ready to compete hard every night,â€ he added.
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