The High River Flyers of the Heritage Junior B Hockey League opened training camp on the weekend as the team prepares for the upcoming season.

A member of the board, Thor Bahl says it's a good brand of hockey for players looking to continue with competitive hockey.

"It's becoming more competitive because the AAA's and AA's of yesteryear are even more competitive now due to how many kids are involved in hockey and there's starting to be fewer and fewer opportunities to advance your career because, mostly, the leagues haven't grown but the kids are, the population of Calgary is huge, the surrounding areas are getting bigger and we want to  present that opportunity to young players ages 17 to 21, to come out to High River, have that opportunity, play with some of the best players, play in the best league, the Heritage League, that's seen its share of growth and success."

He says the Flyers' first pre-season game is September 9 in Okotoks against the Bisons.

The Flyers are back home on September 16 when they host the Three Hills Thrashers who'll be modelling their new uniforms for the game.