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Amid NHL lockout, Providence ready to start AHL camp

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  September 27, 2012 04:47 PM

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The NHL has canceled the rest of the preseason. The Bruins had three games, including two dates at TD Garden, in October. The regular-season opener is scheduled for Oct. 11.

On Friday, while the big boys remain dark, Providence will open training camp at the Rhode Island Sports Center in North Smithfield, R.I. Camp will begin at 1 p.m.

“The players should understand the challenges of this league,” said assistant GM Don Sweeney. “There are top-heavy players that probably wouldn’t be there at this time of year. They have to realize this league is a very difficult league. It’s a good development league, and they can take another step. I hope the players are looking forward to that. If they’re returning players, there’s a new challenge in front of them with the new players coming in. The competition, internally and externally, is going to be greater.”

Thirty-four players will participate in the AHL camp:

Forwards

Chris Bourque, Carter Camper, Jordan Caron, Justin Courtnall, Craig Cunningham, Justin Florek, Christian Hanson, Alden Hirschfeld, Jared Knight, Lane MacDermid, Kyle MacKinnon, Matthew Pistilli, Tyler Randell, Bobby Robins, Max Sauvé, Ryan Spooner, Jamie Tardif, Trent Whitfield, Kelsey Wilson.

Defensemen

Matt Bartkowski, Art Bidlevskii, Ryan Button, Colby Cohen, Tommy Cross, Garnet Exelby, Damon Kipp, Torey Krug, Ryan Lowery, Kevan Miller, Zach Trotman, David Warsofsky.

Goalies

Michael Hutchinson, Adam Morrison, Niklas Svedberg.

Here is the schedule:

Friday
Group A practice, Rhode Island Sports Center, 1 p.m.
Group B practice, Rhode Island Sports Center, 2:15 p.m.

Saturday
Group A & B practice, Rhode Island Sports Center, 10:35 a.m.

Sunday
Group A & B practice, Rhode Island Sports Center, 9:55 a.m.

Monday
Group A practice, Rhode Island Sports Center, 9:30 a.m.
Group B practice, Rhode Island Sports Center, 10:45 a.m.

Tuesday
Group B practice, Rhode Island Sports Center, 9:30 a.m.
Group A practice, Rhode Island Sports Center, 10:45 a.m.

Wednesday
Non-Game Players practice, Rhode Island Sports Center, 9:30 a.m.
Game Players practice, Rhode Island Sports Center, 11:00 a.m.
Preseason Game vs. Springfield, New England Sports Center, 7:05 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 4
Non-Game Players practice, Rhode Island Sports Center, 9:30 a.m.
Game Players practice, Rhode Island Sports Center, 11:00 a.m.
Preseason Game vs. Bridgeport, New England Sports Center, 7:05 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 5
Group A practice, Rhode Island Sports Center, 9:30 a.m.
Group B practice, Rhode Island Sports Center, 10:45 a.m.

Saturday, October 6
Group A & B practice, Rhode Island Sports Center, 10:35 a.m.
Preseason Game vs. Springfield, MassMutual Center, 7 p.m.

All practice sessions are free and open to the public.

* Michael Hutchinson is coming off surgery to repair the labrums in both hips. Hutchinson will be ready to start camp.

* Chris Bourque and Lane MacDermid signed AHL contracts, allowing them to play for Providence.

* Claude Julien and assistants Geoff Ward, Doug Houda, and Doug Jarvis will participate in camp. They will evaluate from the stands, not from the ice. Bruce Cassidy and assistant Kevin Dean will be the on-ice coaches.

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