With the Fort St. John Sr. Flyers training camp already underway, and exhibition matches scheduled against the Dawson Creek Sr. Canucks for Oct. 13 and 20, the only thing still to be released was the NPHL schedule and the date the Flyers would finally begin play.
The schedule was released this weekend, and Flyers fans will have to wait about three more weeks for meaningful games to begin. Fort St. John begins its NPHL title defense on Saturday, Oct. 27 at home, when they host the Grande Prairie Athletics.
One thing of note about the schedule is that there will be no Tuesday night games this year. This was requested by the teams, and seems for the better. In senior hockey, most players are years into their career, and have a tough time taking time off to play on week nights, let alone getting off early to drive to High Prairie in time for the game. Also, the Flyers only play three games on Thursday, all at home, which eliminates the team being short-benched on Tuesday and Thursday road games, something that occurred often last season.
The next game for the Flyers is in Grande Prairie to take on the Athletics on Nov. 3. The first clash between the Flyers and the Canucks is Friday, Nov. 16, in Fort St. John.
Unlike last season, which saw all the Flyers games against the East Division teams scheduled in the first half of the season, those games are spread throughout the year, and the phenomenon that occurred of the team playing only its two divisional rivals for three months straight (including playoffs) won’t happen this year.
All games are at 8:30 p.m., except when the Flyers play in Dawson Creek. Those games will start at 8 p.m.
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