Thrashers set to return this fall

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After a year’s leave of absence to reorganize, the Three Hills Thrashers hockey team has been preparing to take to the ice once more. The Thrashers have been members of the Heritage Junior B Hockey League.

In January, former Thrashers coach and referee Reid Fenton was approached and asked if he’d like to once again get behind the Thrashers bench as their head coach. Fenton, who previously coached the team from their inception in 2002 until 2008, gave it some thought and decided he’d like to fill the role once again. He was recently coaching for a local midget team until Covid-19 abruptly ended the season on March 12th, 2020.

Since taking on the Thrashers head coaching role in January, Fenton has been busy recruiting, with 56 players registered for the fall training camp. The organization has used the off-season to acquire a new Board of Directors, a new coaching staff, and to talk to potential players. Fenton notes that he is excited about this new iteration of the Thrashers.

Barring a spike in Covid-19 cases, which would set the Province back in terms of re-opening, the Thrashers are anticipating a September 1 start date for camp. Hockey Alberta and Hockey Canada have sent out guidelines to their teams to ensure that the sport considers Covid-19 health guidelines. Team schedules are yet to be announced.

“We’re excited to have them [the Thrashers] back. We’re going to try to put the best product as we can on the ice, and hopefully we’ll get the opportunity to fill the stands and watch a hockey game this fall.”