The Swan Valley Stampeders travel north tonight to face the OCN Blizzard. After the cancellation of the MJHL Playoffs, and after a long pause due to COVID-19, both teams will meet for the first time since Feb. 12. The last time these two teams met, the Blizzard skated to a 4-0 win over Swan. A new season is just about to begin, and the journey starts with preseason action. That action will begin for the OCN Blizzard, while the preseason continues for the Stampeders tonight.
The Blizzard have yet to play a preseason game this year, while the Stampeders have played one (2004-2005 born players – all-rookie) in Dauphin on Monday suffering a 6-1 loss. Tonight’s matchup will certainly see more of an older group dressed as both teams are getting their teams ready for the 2020/21 regular season.
The OCN Blizzard have a completely new look behind the bench this year. The club announced back on July 16 that they hired Billy Keane as the new Head Coach and General Manger. Just 13 days ago the team announced that Tony Apetagon (Former Captain) will assist Billy Keane on the bench this season.
Head Coach and General Manager Barry Wolff returns for his first full season with the Swan Valley Stampeders. Assistant Coach Darren Webster also returns to the bench alongside Wolff.
Tonight’s matchup will see a little older group for the Stampeders. A lineup that features local players Carter Cockburn, Lane Kirk, Trey Sauder, Jordan Gray, Jayden Mosiondz, and Cody Eisner.
You can catch all the action live on hockeytv.com. Puck drop is at 7:00pm.