There will be an international flavour to the action at Scugog Arena this weekend, with a team from the Netherlands in town to square off against the Predators in an exhibition game.
On Sunday, Oct. 19, the Minor Bantam ‘A’ Predators will face the Tilburg Trappers Under-15 team at 4:30 p.m., following the ‘Battle of North Durham’ between the MoJacks and Uxbridge Bruins on Pad 1.
The game is part of a Canadian tour for the Dutch club, who will be spending four days in the GTA and a further four days in Niagara Falls.
“This has been in planned for two years, and I’ve had a lot of help from Clair Cornish and Brad Turner in bringing this to Port Perry,” Casey vanSchagen told The Standard.
Now in his first year as an Assistant Coach with the Port Perry MoJacks, Blackstock native vanSchagen spent several years playing for the Trappers’ professional team while also coaching in their youth organization before returning home to Scugog Township this past summer. While in the Netherlands, vanSchagen also competed with the Dutch national team.
He added that he worked with fellow former MoJack Barry Forth in setting up an exhibition game for the Trappers in Dundas as part of their tour.
“This will be a great opportunity for everyone involved, especially those kids getting to travel to Canada, where hockey is as big as soccer is over there,” vanSchagen said. “For me, I’ll get to polish up on my Dutch.”
The Minor Bantam Predators are coming off a strong weekend performance at the EdgeAgain Cup Tournament in Whitby, where they advanced to the semi-finals before bowing out against the eventual champs from Barrie.