The Fort St. John Huskies start training camp a week from today, Aug. 27, at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.
The late-August camp is further evidence that this year's season could be a normal one, as the team was forced to have a September camp last year before the season was paused for most of the year.
"I am excited for hockey," Huskies GM Jeremy Clothier said. "We'll have close to 40 kids, we're just waiting for a couple of confirmations, and we'll be ready to go."
The camp will run three days until Aug. 29, and then the Huskies will have close to a month's worth of practices before the season starts Friday, Sept. 24, in Dawson Creek against the Junior Canucks.
It will be a normal September for the Huskies — a heavy practice schedule with a couple of exhibition games Sept. 18 and 19 in Cold Lake — and a super-sized 40-game NWJHL season.
However, fans will have to wait longer than normal to see their favourite players in person. The Huskies start the season with eight straight games on the road before hosting the Fairview Flyers on Friday, Oct. 22 for their home opener.
Though roof repairs on the North Peace Arena will likely be done by early October, Clothier said starting the season on the road helps ensure everything is ready to go by the time the home opener rolls around.
Clothier said there will be a large amount of locals attending camp, with players from Terrace, Smithers, Prince Rupert, and a few from Vancouver Island attending as well.
Third-year player Cayden Frenette has yet to experience a normal NWJHL season from start to finish, and is looking to getting things started at camp next week.
"We have a good, fun group of guys and it's going to be a great year. With all these breaks we've had, we're feeling great and will be ready to go," Frenette said.
He's most looking forward to seeing all of the guys again and getting the chance to be competitive again.
"A lot of us stayed in touch over the summer, playing on the same ball team together, but it will be good to all be in one place together again," said Frenette.
The Huskies will have a new face behind the bench this year. Stewart Schwab, who's moving to Fort St. John from Hazelton, will join the team as an assistant coach alongside Mike van Nostrand and head coach Todd Alexander.
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