The Fort St. John Huskies and Dawson Creek Junior Canucks will begin their five-game exhibition series this Friday, October 16 at 8:30 p.m.
"We’re ready to play, our guys are ready and itching to get some competition in. You can only battle so hard in practice, and you need to get some actual games in against opponents," said Huskies GM Jeremy Clothier. "We have lots of returning guys so that definitely helps. There will be some sloppy points and educational points I'm sure, but it will be entertaining and fun."
The game will be played at the Pomeroy Sport Centre, but fans will not allowed to attend.
The two teams had planned to have 50 fans at each game, and had developed a safety plan to allow for spectators, but viaSport reversed its decision to allow fans at sporting events. The two teams are hopeful they will be allowed to have fans at some point as the exhibition series goes along.
There are no dates set for the rest of the series, but Clothier said the plan is for games to be played in both Fort St. John and Dawson Creek in the coming weeks.
Game play will consist of five-on-five play, with full contact and full benches. The Huskies will be live-streaming the game for fans to watch at home.
The NWJHL's Alberta teams, following a different set of protocols from that of the Huskies and Canucks, began exhibition play last week.
The County of Grande Prairie Kings beat the Sexsmith Vipers 6-4, while the Fairview Flyers beat the North Peace Navigators 4-3.
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