Training camp begins
The Utah Outliers' 2022-23 hockey season is officially here, marked by the beginning of training camp. The team opened camp with its annual player orientation meeting and hit the ice all week in preparation for the season. The team will get most of September to practice and fine-tune their skills before playing their first league game on September 30th, when the club travels to Provo to open its USPHL season. Following the game in Provo, the Outliers will play their home opener the next evening on Oct 1st against the Northern Colorado Eagles at the Acord Ice Center.
The Outliers will once again have high expectations this year as they believe they have another solid team entering the 22-23 season. The team is fortunate to have a strong core of returning players who will help bring skill and talent on the ice along with strong leadership in the locker room. The club is also excited about a number of fresh faces who have been recruited to make a big impact and help strengthen the lineup. This year's team is well represented internationally having players from around the globe, including the United States, Canada, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, and Italy.
The Outliers seek to continue their dominance in the Mountain division, having won 'back-to-back' division titles and two consecutive USPHL National Championship appearances. The team will also strive to build on their regular season success from last season when they compiled a record of 30-6-4 and finished first overall in the Mountain division standings.
Outliers' head coach Paul Taylor returns behind the bench for his seventh season. Assistant coach Eric Verdi returns for his fourth season and will continue to work with the team's defensemen. The newest member of the coaching staff is assistant coach Richard Bohan who will focus his efforts on the offense and special teams.
When asked about his expectations for the season, head coach Paul Taylor shared, "I am excited for this upcoming season and the core of returners we have along with some talented newcomers. I expect us to have another highly skilled team with offensive firepower, as well as a group that is committed to playing hard defensively. I have been impressed with the group's work ethic in practice thus far and I see a lot of potential in this team."