Dawson Creek Senior Canucks complete first try-out with new GM

Taylor MacIntyre


Hockey season is in full-swing - and the Dawson Creek Senior Canucks are back on the ice. Last night was the opening try-out for the senior men's double-A team - the first step in their title defence of the coveted Coy Cup.
Approximately 20 skaters came out to work on drills, scrimmage - and to meet their new General Manager - Craig Benning. Benning says the guys are looking good so far.
"I'm really excited to be in Dawson Creek here. I've been here 2.5 years and prior to that, I have quite an extensive background in hockey and in scouting as well."
The sport runs in his blood - and so does working with the Canucks. Craig's brother is the current GM of the Vancouver Canucks and their father is legendary Montreal Canadiens amateur scout, Elmer Benning.
The Sr. Canucks have two rival exhibition games before the regular season kicks-off at the beginning of November. On October 13th, the team is in Chetwynd to take on Fort St. John and then in the Energetic City on October 20th to play the Huskies.
"The goal again is to repeat as the winner of the Coy Cup." Benning adds, "Obviously other teams are going to be preparing for that and doing their best to field a strong team. Fort St. John is the host this year, so obviously they're building for that as well. The guys want to be competitive in our division. Our goal is to make the play-offs and do our best to get to the finals."
The Canucks' first regular season game goes November 3rd at the Dawson Creek Memorial Arena. 

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