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.