67's open camp early

DON BRENNAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:10 AM ET

The new coaching staff will be holding training camp at a new site when the 2009-10 Ottawa 67's take the ice for the first time next week.

And yes, it's even a new start-up date.

Because this school year begins a week earlier than normal, so will OHL camps. And because the SuperEx will take over the Lansdowne Park grounds from Aug. 20-30, the Civic Centre will be unavailable.

Hence, the 67's will report to the Ray Friel Recreation Complex in Orleans for physicals next Wednesday. Two-a-day on-ice sessions under coach Chris Byrne will begin at the same location Thursday, Aug. 27, from 9-11 a.m. and 2:30-4 p.m.

The same schedule will be followed Aug. 28 and 29, before the 67's head to Kingston for their first pre-season game Aug. 30.

"Orleans is a good venue for the 67's," said team owner Jeff Hunt. "We have a lot of fans from that part of the city. This will give them the opportunity to come out and see some of our camp close to their homes."

Meanwhile, the Gatineau Olympiques opened camp last night with goalies taking the ice at Robert Guertin Arena.

They'll be joined by rookies today, with the whole team skating for coach Jerome Dupont Friday.

The Olympiques play their first pre-season game Saturday at the Salaberry Arena in Valleyfield, Que. against Victoriaville.


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