Northstars alumni vying for spots on OCN Blizzard roster

A pair of former Norman Northstars have committed to the OCN Blizzard of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League for the 2015-16 season.

Forwards Anthony Keeper of Cross Lake and Daylon Campbell of The Pas are hoping to earn a spot on the Blizzard when training camp opens Sept. 3.

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The 5’9”, 165-lb Keeper was third in scoring on the midget AAA Northstars last year with 32 points in 44 games, including 14 goals – the second-highest total on the team – and 18 assists, also second on the team. He was also named the Northstars’ top defensive forward.

“Anthony’s work ethic and driving to the net are a few of his key attributes,” said Blizzard head coach and general manager Jason Smith on the team’s website. “Anthony will be coming into training camp pushing for a vacant spot as the OCN Blizzard continue to form a young talented hockey club.”

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Anthony Keeper - Thompson Citizen files

Campbell, 5’11 and 190 lbs, had the fourth-most points on the Northstars in 2014-15 with 13 goals and 16 assists – both the third-highest totals on the team – for 29 points in 43 games while also picking up 61 minutes in penalties. Campbell received the team’s offensive player of the game award and Barry Patterson most popular player award at the conclusion of his final season with the Northstars. He also played seven games with the Blizzard after being called up at the end of the midget season.

“Campbell has elite puck-handling skills and strength, and his ability to use those attributes for getting into the zone,” said Smith. “Daylon gets to pucks when others don’t want to.”

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