Bears 'pumped-up' for season ender

Bright spot: Considered a rising star, Lee Turner has also won a silver medal with Australia in inline hockey. Picture: Injected Ideas Photography

Bright spot: Considered a rising star, Lee Turner has also won a silver medal with Australia in inline hockey. Picture: Injected Ideas Photography

Sydney Bears forward Lee Turner believes the season has bright spots, despite the win-loss column not favouring the side as they head into their final game of the Australian Ice Hockey League season against the CBR Brave on Saturday.

"The Canberra Brave, is a play-off team for the first time, so they'll be fired up and we've got nothing to lose, so everyone will be pumped-up to put on a show for the fans," he said.

Despite the Bears winning just eight games, Turner, 24, can already see positives from the season.

"We've had a lot of young guys coming through showing they can play, so it's a bit of a rebuilding year for the Bears," Turner said.

"Jarrod Smith has been maybe our top defensive player this year and that position is a hard one to come in and have an impact straight away, so coming into the side at 20 and earning time is good.

"Cameron Todd is one of the best young Aussie forwards. He's heading overseas to San Diego to play in a junior league for the summer. He's a dominant player in the league at 19 and will be back next year."

Turner came to the Bears in search of more ice-time and has been rewarded for consistent good performances.

"This season I got to play with a few of the import players and that really helped elevate my game," he said.

"I got to watch when they shoot the puck, how patient they are in certain situations. They pass on things to you — where to get on the ice at a certain point and encourage a lot as well."

Turner has been called up to an Australian selection camp, from which a team will be formed to play at the 2015 Ice Hockey World Championships.

Details: Sydney Bears vs CBR Brave, 6pm, Saturday, August 23 at Sydney Ice Arena, Baulkham Hills.

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