Junior A hockey returns to the Peace Region tonight as the Grande Prairie Storm open the regular season against the Fort McMurray Oil Barons.
After returning to the postseason in 2016-17, they want to finish somewhere in the three-four position in the North Division.
“It could be one of those seasons where 30 wins might get you into second or third place. I don’t think you’re going to see too many teams with 40-plus wins anymore with the amount of parody. There’s been quite a few changes on all the teams,” said Matt Keillor, Head Coach of the Storm.
Keillor, entering his first full season behind the bench as head coach, says they added speed and skill over the summer.
“Definitely a faster game and a more skilled game. We’ve scored quite a few power play goals in the last couple games too. It seems to be clicking, and that’s one thing that we wanted to identify this year was our special teams. We’re pretty excited.”
Landon Vollman was named captain on Wednesday, along with four assistants.
“We kind of have a youthfulness, plus we have a good group of core players as well, older players. Getting those guys to gel and work together is probably going to be one of the biggest obstacles, and that’s why we’re going to rely heavily on our leadership group this year,” Keillor explained.
Puck drop tonight is at 7:30 at Revolution Place. They square off again Sunday at 2 p.m.
Prior to tonight’s game, a tailgate party will take place.