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SIJHL ANNOUNCES PRE-SEASON COMPETITION Teleco Cup

Event date: 11/6/2020 8:00 PM - 11/7/2020 10:00 PM Export event

SIJHL ANNOUNCES PRE-SEASON COMPETITION Teleco Cup

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~~  November 2, 2020 (LSN)  Today, the league is announcing its pre-season exhibition schedule in anticipation of progressing towards the start of a regular-season schedule.

Kicking off the pre-season games will be will be the debut of the SIJHL’s newest franchise – the Kam River Fighting Walleye – competing against their fellow Thunder Bay-area rivals the Thunder Bay North Stars in a series of games for the newly-minted Teleco Cup. Other games will feature the Red Lake Miners, Dryden Ice Dogs and Fort Frances Lakers competing in an interlocking schedule as a tune-up for regular season competition.

The SIJHL’s two US-based franchises – the Wisconsin Lumberjacks and Thief River Falls Norskies – remain at the mercy of present US / Canadian border restrictions and are not scheduled to participate in pre-season activity at this time.

SIJHL Commissioner Darrin Nicholas calls the commencement of game action in the league a welcomed step in the right direction. “It’s great to be able to shift the focus for our league back where it belongs – on the ice. We certainly want to thank Hockey Northwestern Ontario for their advocacy and leadership to get us to this point, and we remain unified in our commitment to a safe return to hockey.”

On the status of the regular season, Nicholas elaborated: “While we are cleared to begin competition from a regulatory body standpoint, we still have some teams facing significant challenges with facility access and availability to host games. It is just not reasonable to expect a team to start their schedule on the road indefinitely.”

Nicholas continued: “Our on-ice product will need to be modified under present restrictions to minimize physical contact. As such, this is creating a bit of uncertainty as to how our games will look. So not only will an exhibition window afford the league some much-needed time to sort through the various facility issues, but it will also allow our players, coaches and officials to get accustomed to our in-game modifications before points start counting in the standings.”

“Finally, there is also a sense of optimism within our group that a safe return to competition may pave the way to having restrictions further loosened provided we continue to see relatively low levels of virus activity in our region.”

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SIJHL Pre-Season Schedule

Friday November 6 – Thunder Bay North Stars at Kam River Fighting Walleye; 8:00pm (Nor West Rec Center).
Saturday November 7 – Kam River Fighting Walleye at Thunder Bay North Stars; 8:00pm (Nor West Rec Center).
Friday November 13 – Thunder Bay North Stars at Kam River Fighting Walleye; 8:00pm (Nor West Rec Center).
Friday November 13 – Red Lake Miners vs. Dryden Ice Dogs (location TBD).
Saturday November 14 – Kam River Fighting Walleye at Thunder Bay North Stars; 8:00pm (Nor West Rec Center).
Saturday November 14 – Red Lake Miners vs. Dryden Ice Dogs (location TBD).
Friday November 27 – Thunder Bay North Stars at Kam River Fighting Walleye; 8:00pm (Nor West Rec Center).
Saturday November 28 – Red Lake Miners vs. Fort Frances Lakers (location TBD).
Saturday November 28 – Kam River Fighting Walleye at Thunder Bay North Stars; 8:00pm (Nor West Rec Center).
Sunday November 29 – Red Lake Miners vs. Fort Frances Lakers (location TBD).
Friday December 4 – Thunder Bay North Stars at Kam River Fighting Walleye; 8:00pm (Nor West Rec Center).
Saturday December 5 – Kam River Fighting Walleye at Thunder Bay North Stars; 8:00pm (Nor West Rec Center).
Sunday December 13 – Dryden Ice Dogs vs. Fort Frances Lakers (location TBD).
Monday December 14 – Dryden Ice Dogs vs. Fort Frances Lakers (location TBD).

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