Trevor Karasiewicz and Joe Pace Jr. are hockey guys.
But for the past few weeks the Port Huron Prowlers head coach and player/assistant coach have spent the bulk of their time behind a desk in an office at McMorran Place.
The Federal Hockey League is still in the midst of confirming plans for the upcoming season, which has caused the Prowlers and other organizations to be in a holding pattern. But that hasn’t stopped Port Huron’s front office from researching players.
“We are looking for winners,” Pace Jr. said. “People that win championships. There are always those guys that have that on their resume and you look it up and see they have been on two or three different teams that have been in national championship games or league title games.
“You want those guys that know what it’s like to be there on the last day of the year and to win that last game of the year.”
The Prowlers will host a prospect camp Aug. 22-23 for $250 at McMorran Arena. Prospective players will be on the ice for six hours during that span and three position players and one goaltender from the tryout will be invited to the main camp.
“We are going to offer players an opportunity to come in and break down the door of a professional hockey team,” Pace Jr. said. “They can get their foot in the door and make an impact and a name for themselves.
“We want three skaters and a goalie coming out of this camp to main camp. We believe we will get enough talent that it will not hurt us by putting those numbers out there.”
Although they have been able to get much of the work done for the upcoming season, neither Karasiewicz nor Pace Jr. are excited about sitting in an office.
They each are eagerly awaiting the month of October, when the season is expected to begin.
“(Pace Jr.) is more used to sitting here than me,” Karasiewicz said. “He has been running teams and playing at the same time for years. I was just a player and then a coach.
“I’m looking forward to getting started and getting on the ice.”
July in general will be a big month for the team as the expansion draft is expected to take place. Current league teams can protect 12 of their 18 players and each expansion team will have 12 picks in the draft.
In addition, a few teams in the league have folded, leaving an even larger pool of free agents to choose from.
“We have been in a boring holding pattern just waiting and now we are going to finally be able to get going,” Pace Jr. said. “We have an idea of the players that we want to go after.”
In addition to developing a roster, the Prowlers have also been out and about in the community forging relationships. They have linked up with the Port Huron Recreational Department and will be a part of the learn to skate program this fall.
“We really wanted to be in the community and develop relationships,” Pace Jr. said. “We want to have a solid foundation that we can build upon for years.”
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