By Fred Wallace
Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".
I walked into the Harry Lumley-Bayshore Community Centre yesterday for the Attack Exhibition Game against North Bay & you could smell it....the local hockey season is back.
Beyond yesterday, hockey season has already started.
The Owen Sound Minor Hockey Early Bird Tournament has already been conducted.
The PJHL season for both the Pollock & Carruthers Division teams started over the weekend.
Friday, the Wiarton Schooners sail off to West Nippissing in the Greater Metro Junior League while the Knights of Meaford will commence their season September 27th.
It's BACK !!
Looking just ahead, there's some neat activities coming up in the local hockey world.
Kincardine will be hosting the Bruce Power Great Lakes Challenge, a U-Sport Ladies Hockey event September 28th-30th at the Davidson Centre.
The Brock Badgers & York Lions from the Ontario loop, plus the Lethbridge Pronghorns & Regina Cougars will compete in the 3 day event.
There will be 2 games per day in a round robin format which in my view serves as an excellent primer for the 4 teams involved plus offers Kincardine many benefits, not the least of which is a showcase for the girls in the community of where their hockey can take them
And then a little further down the road, on Saturday October 6th, Saugeen Shores is hosting " Hockey Day ".
First, the Saugeen Shores Storm minor hockey teams face their rivals from Kincardine in games throughout the day,
The Minor Hockey games will be followed by the Kincardine Bulldogs "hosting" the Goderich Flyers in a PJHL Pollock Division regular season game at 3 pm
And then following the conclusion of the Bulldogs game, the Saugeen Shores Winterhawks hit the ice for their WOAA season opener, as they host their Bruce County rivals, the Ripley Wolves in a 7:30 p.m. start.
Local Hockey is back, and in very short order in Kincardine with the Great Lakes Challenge and in Saugeen Shores with " Hockey Day ", there's some significant events before Thanksgiving Monday.
I'm Fred Wallace