The Charlottetown Islanders are getting closer to having its team selected.
The Islanders released three players Sunday who are going back to their Maritime junior A hockey teams. They are defenceman Duncan McKie (Valley) and forwards Malik Johnson (Campbellton) and Josh Shatford (Bridgewater).
“They all understand they’re on our radar,” general manager Grant Sonier said Monday.
The team also released 19-year-old winger Liam Alcalde on Monday. “They’re all calculated decisions, they’re hockey decisions and they’re all really tough,” Sonier said.
“It’s hard on the coaches. It’s hard on me and certainly hard on the kids.”
The Islanders are in the second week of a four-week training camp. Sonier said the decision to release players this year is tough because the players have worked hard during the summer and training camp.
“The reality of it is, we’re only keeping 22 players, so everybody can’t make it. Our team has improved. We’re a better team this year.”
The Islanders have 26 guys in camp as it works towards its opening night 22-man roster. Two of the remaining battles are easy to identify with two goalies (Chase Marchand and Daryl MacCallum) vying to be Mason McDonald’s backup and two players (Spenser Cobbold and Mike DiPaolo) battling for the final overage spot.