Thrashers kick off Regular Season this Saturday, Oct. 31

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The Three Hills Thrashers are set to kick off the Heritage Junior Hockey League regular season. The Thrashers will host the Rocky Rams on Saturday, October 31 at 7:30 PM at the Three Hills Centennial Arena. Not only will this mark the Thrashers’ return following a one year leave of absence from the league, but it will also be the first-ever matchup between these two franchises. Rocky entered the league in the 2019-2020 season while Three Hills was on hiatus. This season opening series will continue in Rocky on Sunday, November 1 and again on Friday, November 6, before returning to Three Hills ice on Saturday, November 7 at 8:00 PM.

It has been a challenge to reach a start to the season, as the parameters of a season have been a source of uncertainty for months. The HJHL will operate as follows, to comply with the current restrictions and regulations surrounding the return of hockey during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Two teams will play four games against each other, over a time period of approximately 10 days, and then a mandated 14 day isolation period will follow, prior to the next season series against a new team. The Thrashers will start against the Rams, followed by four against the Airdrie Thunder to take the team to early December. A series against the Mountainview Colts will begin just before Christmas break, and conclude just into the New Year. Series’ against the Stettler Lightning and then the Ponoka Stampeders, will take the schedule to the end of February. A yet to be determined playoff period will occur at the conclusion of the regular season. Many details have been confirmed and more are yet to come.

The Thrashers are very excited to be returning, and will certainly be a young team this season. A very skilled and exciting roster, comprised of players from many surrounding communities, is ready to represent our team and our community this season. Players from Irricana, Acme, Carstairs, Drumheller, Hanna, Three Hills, Torrington, Olds, Trochu, Huxley, Elnora, Delburne and Red Deer have come together to form the squad.

The team has already run into the injury bug, through two exhibition games. Ethan Brown, a defenseman from Drumheller, suffered a fractured collarbone in the second period of the first exhibition game of the season. Ryan Evans, a Red Deer forward, then had the misfortune of a fractured forearm, on his first shift of game two. Both players will be out for an extended period of time, and are wished the speediest of recoveries.

At this time, the Thrashers are restricted to 100 spectators at home games. The hockey club is managing a season ticket holders list, a sponsor list, and a wait list for season tickets, which serves as the standby list. In some cases, tickets are also being allocated to the visiting team. It is a challenge, to say the least, to be sure that the team gets to play for the fans that they so richly deserve, and vice versa. Thrashers fans will want to see their team play!