The Grande Prairie Storm are bringing in 1,500 people a night during home games – the highest in the AJHL.
Assistant coach Dennis Rix says the team’s performance has a lot to do with the support they’re getting.
“Winning helps, that’s for sure. My off-ice crew and game-day people work hard to make sure we’re giving the fans something entertaining during intermissions,” he said.
“Obviously, the boys are playing well. We’re just trying to give a whole family night experience, and make it more than just a hockey game.”
The Storm currently sit fourth in the north division.
“We’re just a couple points out of second and third. Whitecourt’s a team that’s ahead of us in the standings, but we beat them the last two times we played,” he said.
“Top four is good for right now, but I think we can push for one of those higher spots as well.”
The Storm’s star forward Edouard Michaud has been out with a dislocated shoulder. At the time of his injury, he was third in the league in scoring.
Rix says the team has been doing just fine without him.
“Well, we got three of our last four points,” he said on Thursday, ahead of two weekend tilts.
“Obviously he’s a fantastic player, and maybe one of the best in the league. So we’d love to have him back … But we have enough depth to pick up the slack.”
The team is home to the Bonnyville Pontiacs for a pair of games this weekend.
(Story written by Jordan Parker)