Former NHLer McCarthy among 44 Heat hopefuls in training camp

The Abbotsford Heat released their 44-player training camp roster on Tuesday.

The Abbotsford Heat released their 44-player training camp roster on Tuesday.

In camp are 25 forwards, 15 defencemen and four goalies, and they’ve been divided into two teams – red and black – for split-squad practices. The camp culminates with an intrasquad game at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre on Friday, Oct. 5 (7 p.m. start).

Fourteen players are in camp on a tryout basis, with defenceman Steve McCarthy being the biggest name among them. The Trail, B.C. native has 302 NHL games on his resumé with the Chicago Blackhawks, Vancouver Canucks and Atlanta Thrashers, and he spent last season with Zurich of the Swiss A League.

Abbotsford native Mark Isherwood is also in camp. The 23-year-old defenceman helped the ECHL’s Alaska Aces to a Kelly Cup title in 2010-11, and was named to the league’s all-rookie team. He played for Cortina SG in Italy last season.

The training camp practice teams are as follows.

RED TEAM

Forwards

Adam Estoclet

Ben Street

Lance Bouma

Greg Nemisz

Ben Walter

Roman Horak

Ryan Howse

Akim Aliu

Gaelen Patterson

Sven Baertschi

Tyler Ruegsegger

Brett Olson

Defencemen

T.J. Brodie

Joe Callahan

Chris Breen

Nick Tuzzolino

Mark Isherwood

Jamie Fritsch

Dave Cowan

Goalies

Danny Taylor

Grant Rollheiser

BLACK TEAM

Forwards

Krys Kolanos

Paul Byron

Quintin Laing

Carter Bancks

Dustin Sylvester

Max Reinhart

Michael Ferland

Mitch Wahl

David Eddy

Bryan Cameron

Jordan Kremyr

Kael Mouillierat

Garry Nunn

Defencemen

Joe Piskula

James Martin

Brady Lamb

Zach McKelvie

Steve McCarthy

Drew MacKenzie

Peter Merth

Dennis Urban

Goalies

Barry Brust

Alex Evin