Training Camp Begins

by Website Admin

A new era has officially begun for the Utah Outliers as they prepare for their inaugural season in the National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC). After a busy summer of holding tryout camps and recruiting players from all over the world, the season has finally arrived. 

Outlier players officially reported to training camp on August 26th, for their 'Players Orientation meeting' and are now settling into their daily training camp regiment which consists of daily off-ice training and on-ice practices. The team's training camp will run from August 27th until September 20th, which will give the team close to a month of practice before opening up their regular season schedule on the road against the Pueblo Bulls on September 22nd. The Outliers 'home opener' will take place the following weekend on September 30th, when they will host the Rock Springs Grizzlies at the Acord Ice Center. 

The Outliers have high expectations entering the 2023-24 season and are confident that they have fielded another very competitive team. The club is excited to have a handful of returners coming back for another season as Isiah Parris, Lucas Ouellette, David Utkin, Evan England, and Brady Jones will all be back in an Outliers jersey. The team is also excited to be adding a number of new faces who are expected to make a significant impact and help strengthen the lineup. Once again, this year's team will be well-represented internationally with players coming from all over the world. 

The Outliers will look to continue their dominance in the Mountain division, having won three consecutive division titles and earning three consecutive USPHL National Championship appearances. The team will have its work cut out for them in matching last year's regular season success where the club compiled a record of 43-5-4 and once again finished first overall in the Mountain division standings.

Outliers' head coach Paul Taylor will return behind the bench for his eighth season. Assistant coach Richard Bohan is back for his second season and will continue to work with the team's defensemen. The newest coaching staff member is assistant coach Jared Pettito who will focus his efforts on the goaltenders and special teams. 

When asked about his expectations for the season, head coach Paul Taylor shared, "I am looking forward to a new era of Outliers hockey as we prepare for our first season in the NCDC. I believe we have a talented group of players who are hungry to prove themselves at this level and help continue our winning tradition. Our staff worked hard all off-season to recruit the type of players we felt fit our brand of hockey and who were also a good fit for our team culture. Now we need to put in the work during training camp and come together as a team so we are well prepared for our opening game against Pueblo."