Mississippi Surge have familiar faces back on ice

By A.J. Giardina – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Head coach Steffon Walby has nine players back from last season's Surge team.  That total could grow later this week.

"We potentially could end up with 10 by the end of the week, depending on what happens at the Double A level., " Walby stated.  "You know I only need 8 players to fill the roster."

Coach Walby says this year's training camp will be a whole lot easier in filling the final roster.

"We have rotating about 22 to 25 players throughout the week. So we're going to be able to hand pick some spots. Last year we had to pick a whole new team, " Walby explained.

Defenseman Mike Richard admits he took a lot of the blame following a three-game sweep of the Surge by the Huntsville Havoc in the championship finals.

"Falling short was very difficult especially I felt I didn't play my best at the end so I was thinking about it all summer, " Richard said.  "That's the reason that I'm back here so we can get back at it and hopefully bring a championship to the coast."

The Surge are determined to get back to the championship finals and it all begins in training camp.

Walby will hold a morning practice session inside the Mississippi Coast Coliseum at 9:00 a.m. and it's open to the public.

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