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RoadRunners hope to build off success

There isn’t much of an “offseason” in sporting world nowadays, and RoadRunners coach Josh Kamrass is getting a head start on the 2017-2018 season.

With an expected handful of returners and a slew of new faces, Kamrass acknowledged that training and staying physically fit is no longer just devoted to training camp and the regular season.

It’s a year-round venture for personnel and staff.

As Topeka ended its 2016-2017 season with a three-game sweep of the Shreveport Mudbugs, it hopes to build off that success moving forward.

“We have a lot of guys who are eligible to return, so we’re looking for them to really put in the work this offseason. We want to improve on our ending last year and carry that momentum.”

With the pre-draft camp in Somerset, Wisconsin now completed, the team looks to its main camp in Chicago July 6-9.

“Right now, we’re hitting the road as a coaching staff, trying to better ourselves and better our team,” Kamrass said. “The process never really stops.”

Minnesota-born goaltender Cole Weaver became the team’s first selection for the new season, with the third pick in this year’s NAHL draft. They followed up with three additional picks to start the selection process for the coming year.

““The guys we bring in for this year, it’s their job to continue to build on what it means to be a RoadRunners player,” Kamrass said.” We don’t let off on that. Every day, we’re learning something new and giving back to the Topeka community.”

Kamrass expects his team to battle this coming year, just as it did to end last season.

“Our group could have easily just called it a season, but they did a phenomenal job of sticking to the process and becoming a part of the brotherhood.”

While the season schedule has not yet been released, fans will have many opportunities to see the team in action this coming year, with home games set to kick off in September or October.