LINDSAY: As we suffer, through record setting heat and humidity, it’s hard to believe that we are on the verge of another Ontario Junior Hockey League Lindsay Muskie season, but indeed, the start is just around the corner.
The main camp opens on August 16th, and unlike last year, there are not as many spots open, meaning competition should be fierce. At the beginning of last season, a lot of spots were open, as there was going to be a lot of rebuilding going on. This year, Head Coach Dan West, expects approximately 10 to 12 players to return, with another year of experience under their belts.
Although last season was not a great one, at least as far as the standings were concerned, there was success, as three players were promoted on to the OHL, and three are also off to school, which has opened up some roster spots.
“We are extremely excited to bring in the new recruits and to fill in the remaining spots on the roster, when camp opens. I anticipate this year’s team to be exciting, with speed, skill, and discipline,” said West, in a recent email.
Fans will have plenty of opportunities to check out those new recruits, with 7 preseason games scheduled this year, three of which are at the Lindsay Recreation Complex. The home dates are Friday Aug. 26th vs Aurora, Tuesday August 30th vs Whitby, and Friday Sept 2nd vs Stouffville. Tickets for each of the preseason games are at a reduced rate, Adults $8, Seniors and Students (13-18) are $5, while children 12 and under are free.
While the team opens up on the road Sept 14th, in Trenton, against last season’s OJHL rep in the RBC Cup, things won’t get much easier when they play two home games, in the opening weekend Friday September 16th vs Oakville, and Sunday afternoon, September 18th, when Markham comes to town.
There will be three free Skate With The Muskies days, on the schedule this year. They will take place on Sunday afternoons immediately following the games on Oct 23rd, Nov 27th, and Jan 29th.
The team looks forward to continuing to work with various community groups this year as well, such as The Boys and Girls Club, Five Counties Children’s Center, Minor Hockey, The Canadian Cancer Society and many others.
On another note, if anyone is looking to help out with the team, they are always looking for volunteers. There are always a variety of positions to be filled, which may contribute to students community hours.
Also, although most of the team is local, there is still a need for a few billet families to take in out-of-town players. Anyone interested in being a billet, or a volunteer should contact Dan West, at 705-324-1010.