An even 30 for Lorne Frey

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Lorne Frey has seen it all.

The long-time head scout for the Kelowna Rockets will be watching with interest when rookie camp opens at Prospera Place.

"You are always excited to see the new kids. You are always looking for the late developers and we've found them in the past and we are hoping to do it this year".   

This is Frey's 30th training camp, including year one when the team was based in Tacoma, Washington in 1992.

"Is that what it is? I can't count that high," Frey says with a chuckle.   

Frey likes to make fun of himself, but it’s been his keen eye that has landed the likes of Jamie Benn, Damon Severson, Shea Weber, Duncan Keith, Tyler Myers and Tyson Barrie.  

"This camp may be one of our best camps we have had in a while. There are a lot of good young players coming. For whatever reason, I think last year in the draft, there were a lot of players that didn't get drafted that could have got drafted," Frey added.   

Close to 160 players will be split into teams, with on-ice sessions running until Friday when main camp opens.