ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (KRQE) – In today’s edition of the Sports Desk, the Mountain West Football Media Day came to an end in Las Vegas, Nevada. The University of New Mexico head coach Bob Davie spoke to the media, and despite being picked to finish last in the Mountain West Conference this year, he is feeling optimistic because his team is coming in healthy. “Certainly on the injury front, the last two years, it has significantly impacted our season,” said Davie. “You know, we have had two quarterbacks injured. Last year we had arguably our two defensive players Trent Sellers and Alex Hart out for the season. Staying healthy is such a big part of this and we do need some good fortune.” Practice for the Lobos is set to start up soon as their season opener is August 31st at home.
In other Mountain West news, the conference announced it’s future bowl game lineup. Starting in 2020 the conference will provide nine potential bowl opportunities, including a new bowl game that will be played in the new Los Angeles stadium.
Over on the ice rink, the New Mexico Ice Wolves kicked off their first official main camp Wednesday at the Outpost Ice Arena. Over 100 players made the trip to Albuquerque to hopefully secure a spot on this teams inaugural roster. “There is one from Russia, there are several from Europe, a few Canadians, a lot from Minnesota, and I just talked to a young man from North Dakota,” said owner Stan Hubbard. “They are at the top of their game.”
Among the players trying out is Rio Rancho Native Tanner Colyer. After playing competitively Colyer took time off last season and almost gave up hockey until head coach Phil Fox reached out to him. “To have a coach from the North American Hockey League reach out and say hey, I’ve seen you play before, why don’t you come out and try out for the team this year,” said Colyer. “It was a really cool feeling. The league itself, its one of the top junior leagues in the country and to be apart of that, especially in my hometown with all my friends and all of my family to support me and to see me go through with it, it would be awesome.” Of the 100 players trying out, only around 28 players will make the roster for the Ice Wolves this weekend.
NM Ice Wolves main camp schedule below:
- Wednesday, July 24 –Games start at 4 p.m. MT and run through 9 p.m. MT
- Thursday, July 25 – Games start at 8 a.m. MT and run through 8 p.m. MT
- Friday, July 26- Games start at 8 a.m. MT and run through 6 p.m. MT
- Saturday, July 27 – All-Star Game at 11 a.m. MT