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Former Cape Breton Eagles players set to open NHL training camps

Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury of the Vegas Golden Knights. (ETHAN MILLER/Getty Images)
Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury of the Vegas Golden Knights. (ETHAN MILLER/Getty Images) - Postmedia News
SYDNEY, N.S. —

Ten former Cape Breton Eagles will be on the ice this week for the start of NHL training camps.

Forwards Pierre-Luc Dubois (Columbus), Evgeny Svechnikov (Detroit), Drake Batherson (Ottawa), Logan Shaw (Ottawa), Egor Sokolov (Ottawa) and William Carrier (Vegas) as well as goaltenders Marc-Andre Fleury (Vegas), Kevin Mandolese (Ottawa), Maxime Legace (Pittsburgh) and Francois Brassard (Ottawa) will participate in camps.

Other Cape Breton connections will also take part in camps.

Ryan MacInnis, son of Al MacInnis of Port Hood, will attend the Columbus Blue Jackets camp, while former Cape Breton Eagle draft picks Oliver Wahlstrom (New York Islanders), Nicolas Roy (Vegas) and Shane Bowers (Colorado) will battle for a spot on their respective teams.

Veteran brothers Brendan Smith (New York Rangers) and Reilly Smith (Vegas), who both have connections to Bras d’Or, will also take part in their respective training camps.

Eagles forward Ryan Francis was not invited to attend the Calgary Flames camp. Meanwhile, former Eagle Leon Gawanke (Winnipeg) was loaned to Eisbären Berlin in Germany and was not invited to the Jets camp.

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