Although it may still be more than a month away, the Port Perry MoJacks and Uxbridge Bruins are both busy with preparations for the upcoming 2015-16 COJHL season.
The Bruins opened training camp in Stouffville on Monday, Aug. 17, for the first of two sessions prior to opening their pre-season schedule at Stouffville Arena on Friday, Aug. 21, when they will tangle with the Cougars, of the Georgian Bay Mid Ontario Junior Hockey League (GBMOJHL), with the action getting underway at 7:15 p.m. On Saturday night (Aug. 22), the Bruins will hit the road for a match-up against last year’s provincial finalists, the Port Hope Panthers.
Due to a change with the ice installation schedule in Uxbridge, the team will be based out of Stouffville for much of the pre-season.
On Friday, Aug. 28, the Bruins will square off in a 7:15 p.m. tilt against the Alliston Hornets at Stouffville Arena.
Meanwhile, the MoJacks will open their training camp on Saturday, Sug. 29, with fitness sessions at ETS in Whitby followed by the for the first of back-to-back sessions on the ice at Campus Ice Centre at Durham College, in Oshawa.
The MoJacks will begin pre-season play on Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 8 p.m., in Lindsay with a match-up against the Little Britain Merchants. The two sides will renew hostilities at Scugog Arena on Thursday, Sept. 3, at 8 p.m.
From Sept. 11 through 13, both teams will once again be taking part in the annual Pre-season Junior C tournament in Alliston.
The Bruins open the COJHL regular season on Friday, Sept. 18 at home against the defending COJHL champion Clarington Eagles in a rematch of last season’s championship round.
The MoJacks will begin the season on Thursday, Sept. 17 in Bowmanville against the Eagles. On Sunday, Sept. 20, the MoJacks kick off the home portion of the schedule at 2:25 p.m., at Scugog Arena when tangle with the Lakefield Chiefs.
Local fans will have to wait until Friday, Oct. 16 for the first ‘Battle of North Durham’ of the 2015-16 campaign, when the MoJacks trek to Uxbridge, with the two teams squaring off again on Sunday, Oct. 18 in Port Perry.