Kosior is grateful to have had the chance to participate in the NHL development camp
It’s been a turbulent summer for Prince Albert Raiders defenseman Landon Kosior, but the 20-year-old is ready for the start of the 2022-23 WHL season.
Kosior attended development camp this offseason with the Los Angeles Kings. The five-day camp was held July 11-15 just outside of Los Angeles at the Toyota Sports Performance Center. Kosior was a guest at the camp which included several of Los Angeles’ recent top draft picks, including former 2nd overall pick Quinton Byfield.
Kosior says he loved this opportunity and tried to learn everything he could.
“Any time you have the opportunity to go, especially to a nice place like Los Angeles, you always want to make the most of it. It’s cool to be able to go out there and skate with all the best players in the world. It’s an exciting time and I just tried to make the most of it.
Last season for the Raiders, Kosior scored 18 goals and 45 points in 68 games. Kosior will be one of five older players heading to Raiders training camp which begins on Thursday, September 1. Kosior says his advice to young players is to play to their strengths.
“The most important thing is just to play your game. Everyone is invited here for a reason. You have to play your game and stick to what you do best. Play your game, stick to what you do well and you will stand out.
After finishing 8th in the Eastern Conference and a first-round playoff exit to ICE Winnipeg last season, Prince Albert is looking to build on last season’s success. Kosior says he’s looking forward to playing in front of the Hockeytown North crowd for one final season.
“I firmly believe that PA has the best fans in the league. And that shows how much support we have. Small community and everyone rallies around us.
Kosior and the Prince Albert Raiders begin training camp on Thursday, September 1. The Raiders open the preseason Sept. 6 against the Saskatoon Blades on Big River First Nation. Prince Albert kicks off the Western Hockey League regular season on Friday, Sept. 23 when the Raiders host the Saskatoon Blades at the Art Hauser Center.