Clippers Set To Open Training Camp

By Carl Humphrey

(WINDSOR, ON) – It is a sure sign of spring when the boys of summer break out the Lacrosse sticks and prepare for the upcoming season. The Windsor Clippers will open their tenth training camp on Thursday, March 22nd at the historic Windsor Arena. The boys will hit the floor at 8:00 pm.

With 12 of the 23 man roster from the 2011 season lost to graduation, the competition to crack the 2012 line-up is expected to be fierce. The Clippers expect to draw about 50 prospects from the Windsor Warlocks Minor Lacrosse and Sun County Crows Minor Lacrosse  systems.

Head Coach Greg Ducharme will return behind the bench for his 10th season. Joining Greg will be assistant coaches Ron Martinello, Chris Rivait, and Larry McLaughlin. Ed McGaffey will handle the goalies and Dave Orton along with Ryan Carlone will coach Strength and Conditioning

The Clippers will participate in two pre-season single day tournaments prior to opening the regular season. The Clippers will visit Six Nations to play in the annual Spring Showcase tournament on March 31st and the Mimico tournament on April 15th. The Clippers regular season will open on April 28th in Brampton against the expansion Excelsiors. The Clippers will play their first five games on the road before hosting the Elora Mohawks in the home opener on May 12th; 7:00 pm at Forest Glade Arena.

The Clippers have also held the line on ticket prices for the 2012 season. A regular season Adult ticket is just $7.00, while Seniors, Students and Alumni tickets are a bargain at $5.00 and children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult. All home games are played at the friendly Forest Glade Arena.

The Clippers are again offering their annual Grand-A-Game raffle tickets. There are a maximum of 300 tickets available for purchase and the Clippers will draw two tickets each home game. The first ticket holder will win $1000.00 and the second ticket holder will win $100.00. As always the tickets cost $100.00 each and can be purchased by calling 519-995-3656. Tickets are drawn during the second intermission.

Training Camp Selection Dates:

  • March 22nd, 8:00 pm
  •  March 24th, 10:00 am 
  • March 27th, 8:00 pm
  • March 29th, 8:00 pm

All above at Windsor Arena

Six Nations Tournament

March 31st

  • vs. Oakville
  • 4:00 pm vs. Mississauga
  • 6:00 pm vs. Kahnawake

Ongoing Tryouts:

  • April 3rd @ 8:00 pm, Windsor Arena
  • April 5th @ 8:00 pm, Windsor Arena
  • April 7th @ 10:00 am, Windsor Arena
  • April 10th @ 8:00 pm, Forest Glade Arena
  • April 12th @ 8:00 pm, Forest Glade Arena

Mimico Tournament

April 15th

  • 1:00 pm vs. Hamilton
  • 2:30 pm vs. Orillia
  • 5:30 pm vs. Mimico

2012 Away Games:

Apr 28 7:00 pm Windsor at Brampton
Apr 29 4:00 pm Windsor at Guelph
May 4 8:00 pm Windsor at Hamilton
May 5 7:00 pm Windsor at Niagara
May 9 8:00 pm Windsor at Wallaceburg
May 19 7:00 pm Windsor at Owen Sound
May 23 8:00 pm Windsor at Sarnia
June 1 8:00 pm Windsor at London
June 6 8:00 pm Windsor at Sarnia
June 12 8:00 pm Windsor at London


2012 Home Games:

May 12 7:00 pm Elora at Windsor
May 13 7:00 pm London at Windsor
May 16 8:00 pm Sarnia at Windsor
May 25 8:00 pm Wallaceburg at Windsor
May 26 7:00 pm Orangeville at Windsor
June 2 7:00 pm Six Nations at Windsor
June 9 7:00 pm Spartan at Windsor
June 15 8:00 pm Wallaceburg at Windsor
June 16 7:00 pm Welland at Windsor
June 19 8:00 pm London at Windsor

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