A new Central Interior Hockey League season gets underway tomorrow (Saturday) night.
The Williams Lake Stampeders will host the Quesnel Kangaroos at 7-30 at the Cariboo Memorial Complex.
For the Roos, they’re going for a three peat as league champions.
President and General Manager Tyler Coleman likes the team they have going into this year.
“We’re expecting the same as we’ve had the last couple of years, guys show up ready to play and are committed to working together as a team and with a championship mentality. We’ve tried to really build that sort of mindset into the team, and its proven to work the last couple of years.”
He says this year’s team is largely the same as the last few years with the exception of a couple of new additions.
Coleman says they have a young, fast unit that is still hungry.
As for who he expects to be their biggest competition, Coleman names a familiar foe.
“I think the biggest competition is still going to be Terrace. If they have the same team that they’ve had the last few years we’ve met them in the finals these last two season that we’ve had. They’ve always been really competitive and it has always worked out to be really good games. They’ve got a number of really good players, and it’s fun to compete with them.”
Quesnel’s home opener will be next Saturday night (Oct 23) against an expansion team, the Nechako Northstars.
There are a total of seven teams this year.
Besides Quesnel, Williams Lake and Terrace, the others are Hazelton, Kitimat, Prince Rupert.