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Huskies start season Thursday

Players, coach excited to get the season going and play for real
Huskies' goaltender Daniel Sturgeon (seen here) will be competing against Jackson Powers for the #1 job in goal this season after the departure of Tyler MacArthur to university

The Fort St. John Huskies begin defense of their Northwest Junior Hockey League title with their regular season opener Thursday night in Dawson Creek.

The Huskies, who finished their 40-game campaign last season with a 38-1-1 record, completed the pre-season schedule Sunday afternoon with a 4-3 loss to the newly-named Wheat Kings from Grande Prairie.

It was their only loss in the three-game schedule.

“There’s a couple of new guys that we had to learn a little bit about. We still continue to learn about them a little bit more,” said Alexander.

“We’ve got a pretty good idea about what a lot of these guys are going to be capable of in the roles they’re going to play on our club as we go along and evolve as a team.”

Alexander said he was pleased with his team’s pre-season play.

“I thought we did pretty well. We didn't panic when things didn’t work. We have a road map and, obviously, it's been successful for us before and we’re going to continue to follow that map.”

Puck drop Thursday night is 8 p.m. at the Memorial Arena.

“The boys are excited to get the season on the go and actually start playing for real and I’m looking forward to it myself. It will be a good challenge. I think they’ve done a good job of building a good hockey club there as well. It’s always fun to go down to Dawson and play,” added Alexander.

Fort St. John will play its first three games on the road before opening at home Fri. Oct. 7 against Grande Prairie.

The league will also feature two new teams — the returning Beaverlodge Blades and the La Crete Lumber Barons.

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