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Almost all of the North Stars cuts made on Friday were 1999, 2000, or 2001-born players, such as 2000-born defenceman Kolby Heidt (yellow).
Almost all of the North Stars cuts made on Friday were 1999, 2000, or 2001-born players, such as 2000-born defenceman Kolby Heidt (yellow). Nathan Kanter/battlefordsNOW Staff

North Stars cut down roster to 46 players

By Nathan Kanter
September 1, 2017 - 5:06pm

There were no surprises in the first round of cuts at Battlefords North Stars training camp.

The club trimmed its roster to 46 bodies on Friday afternoon, from 70, and most of the cuts were younger players.

Returning winger Troy Gerein (green, middle) admitted after his first skate that he's still getting back in the groove of things, but also said how excited he is for the season to begin.
Returning winger Troy Gerein (green, middle) admitted after his first skate that he's still getting back in the groove of things, but also said how excited he is for the season to begin. Nathan Kanter/battlefordsNOW staff

North Stars shaking off the rust at camp

By Nathan Kanter
September 1, 2017 - 8:43am

Each of the four teams in North Stars training camp now have two games under their belt following what was a very long Thursday at the Civic Centre for players and staff.

Head coach Brandon Heck is pleased with the progression he has seen.

The first of four groups begins the one-mile run at the track behind Beaver Lions Stadium. The run was the first of six exercises during fitness testing.
The first of four groups begins the one-mile run at the track behind Beaver Lions Stadium. The run was the first of six exercises during fitness testing. Nathan Kanter/battlefordsNOW staff

North Stars training camp officially underway with fitness testing

By Nathan Kanter
August 30, 2017 - 11:13pm Updated: August 31, 2017 - 8:54am

There's a reason fitness testing at Battlefords North Stars training camp begins with cardio; it drains you.

On Wednesday afternoon, four groups of roughly twenty players set out to the track behind Beaver Lions Stadium one at a time to begin 2017 fitness testing with a one-mile run.

For Boyd Wakelin, far right, coming home to help coach for the North Stars was a logical next step after college.
For Boyd Wakelin, far right, coming home to help coach for the North Stars was a logical next step after college. Nathan Kanter/battlefordsNOW staff

Getting to know new North Stars assistant coach Boyd Wakelin

By Nathan Kanter
August 26, 2017 - 11:00am Updated: August 26, 2017 - 2:05pm

For new Battlefords North Stars assistant coach Boyd Wakelin, accepting a position behind the bench with the team he grew up cheering for and later played with was a no brainer.

North Stars head coach and general manager Brandon Heck has been on the ice all week helping with the North Stars hockey school. Training camp begins next Wednesday.
North Stars head coach and general manager Brandon Heck has been on the ice all week helping with the North Stars hockey school. Training camp begins next Wednesday. Nathan Kanter/battlefordsNOW Staff

Getting to know new North Stars head coach Brandon Heck

By Nathan Kanter
August 25, 2017 - 12:22pm

Newly named Battlefords North Stars head coach and general manager Brandon Heck got involved in coaching in a rather unique way.

Several years ago, he was playing senior hockey against the coach of the bantam AAA Camrose Red Wings at the time, when a "mini scrum" broke out.

The defending champion North Stars may end the season with a flurry of games, but they can't complain about long road trips this season, as they'll travel far less than they did last season.
The defending champion North Stars may end the season with a flurry of games, but they can't complain about long road trips this season, as they'll travel far less than they did last season. Roger White/battlefordsNOW staff

A look at SJHL travel across the league

By Nathan Kanter
August 24, 2017 - 3:45pm Updated: August 25, 2017 - 10:17am

It's not a surprise to many people that junior hockey players spend a lot of time on the team bus.

In the Western Hockey League, certain road trips can take over a week because a team like Brandon, Man. is so far away from teams like Portland, Everett, and Seattle (over 2,000 km).

The North Stars may or may not have Joel Grzybowski back this season, as he is one of 11 North Stars prospects that will be attending a WHL camp either this week or next.
The North Stars may or may not have Joel Grzybowski back this season, as he is one of 11 North Stars prospects that will be attending a WHL camp either this week or next. Nathan Kanter/battlefordsNOW Staff

11 North Stars prospects to attend WHL camps

By battlefordsNOW Staff
August 24, 2017 - 2:00pm

It's not exactly proper to label North Stars goaltender Joel Grzybowski a 'prospect' anymore, not after the year he had, but he is one of 11 North Stars 'protected players' attending a Western Hockey League training camp or rookie camp this summer.

North Stars graduating captain Kendall Fransoo is headed to the UofS along with teammate Connor Sych this fall. Although Sych won't be playing hockey, Fransoo will be red shirting for the Huskies men's hockey team.
North Stars graduating captain Kendall Fransoo is headed to the UofS along with teammate Connor Sych this fall. Although Sych won't be playing hockey, Fransoo will be red shirting for the Huskies men's hockey team. Nathan Kanter/battlefordsNOW staff

Fransoo heads to UofS; will red shirt for Huskies

By Nathan Kanter
August 23, 2017 - 12:00pm

Kendall Fransoo is following in his brother Jordan's footsteps, just like he always wanted to do.

The former North Stars captain will attend the University of Saskatchewan this fall to study agriculture, the same major as his older brother.

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