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Friday, October 9, 2015

Pincher Creek hockey update - 2015/16 season begins


  • Midgets move to CAHL
  • Seeding/tiering rounds begin at the end of October
  • RHL update

Christian Davis

Midgets and Bantams move to robust CAHL

The Bantams and the Midget Huskies will be playing in the Central Alberta Hockey League (CAHL) this season, instead of the SPUD league. It will be a much more challenging league for the team to play in. The rosters for Bantams and Midgets this year will again include Crowsnest Pass and Pincher Creek members.

The Midget Huskies will be in the CAHL Midget Tier 3 East. Lots of travel. They'll be up against teams from Taber, Medicine Hat, Warner, Oyen, Picture Butte, Lomond, Drumheller, Duchess, Bow Island/Foremost, and two teams from Lethbridge (Red and Black). Some familiar opponents and some new ones, with big reputations. The Midget schedules have been released, and up first is a four-weekend tiering round, with crossovers and other games allowed but no tournaments allowed until seeding is completed.

CNP/Pincher Creek Midgets have a home game scheduled for Saturday October 17, starting at 7:00 pm in the Crowsnest Sports Complex at 8702-22 Avenue in Coleman, (403-562-8877) against Lethbridge Black. Then it's away the next day, Sunday October 18 for a 3:30 pm puck drop at the Taber Arena (map) . They'll bring it back home to Pincher Creek's Memorial Community Centre (MCC) Arena (867 Main Street Pincher Creek, 403-627-4354) to host Lethbridge Red on Saturday October 24. Puck drops at 6:00 pm for that one.  The Midgets will also host a tiering round game at the MCC on October 31, starting at 6:00 versus a currently unknown opponent.

Here's the CAHL website: http://cahlhockey.net

Bantam and Midget teams will be using the Crowsnest and Pincher rinks as home ice.


Installation of a new ice plant at Pincher Creek's Memorial Community Centre Arena caused a slight delay to the beginning of the local 2015/16 hockey season.



Stay tuned for scheduling additions and changes as they come in.

Midget tiering round games:

  • Saturday October 17, starting at 7:00 pm in the Crowsnest Sports Complex (8702-22 Avenue in Coleman) vs Lethbridge Black
  • Sunday October 18 starting at 3:30 pm at the Taber Arena (map)
  • Saturday October 24 starting at 6:00 pm at the MCC Arena in Pincher Creek vs Lethbridge Red
  • October 31, starting at 6:00  at the MCC Arena in Pincher Creek versus unknown opponent.


*Bantam tiering round games:


  • Saturday, October 17 – away game - 1:30 pm in Okotoks at Pason Centennial Arena
  • Sunday, October 18 – away game – 1: 30 pm in Nanton at Tom Hornecker Recreation Centre
  • Saturday, October 24 – home game IN PINCHER CREEK – 3:45 vs Kainai
  • Sunday, October 25 – away game – 3:00 in Lethbridge at Nicolas Sheran Arena
  • Saturday, October 31 – home game IN PINCHER CREEK – 3:45 vs Fort Macleod

Peewee Seeding round home games at the MCC:
  • Saturday October 31, 1:30-3:30 vs Cardston
  • Saturday November 7, 1:30-3:30 vs Bow Island B
Atom Seeding Round home games at the MCC:
  • Sunday October 25 11:45-1:45 vs Cardston
  • Saturday November 7 11:15-1:15 vs Raymond
Novice:
  • Home game November 7 from 9:00am-11:00am against Picture Butte
Home tournaments:

  • Initiation February 13
  • Novice February 6,7,8
  • Atom November 27,28,29
  • Pee Wee December 11,12,13
  • Bantam December 4,5,6
  • Midget January 8,9,10
Piikani sports complex under construction


RHL update

Piikani's arena won't be done in time for this season.  At last report they will be using Pincher Creek's arena as home rink this season.

The Ranchland Hockey League (RHL) has added Piikani and Eden Valley to a lineup that also still includes Fort Macleod's Mustangs, Kainai's Braves, and Nanton's Palominos, who were the Hockey Alberta Senior AA Provincials champions last season. It's scheduled to be a 20 game season.  The Palominos are celebrating 70 years this season, and will be hosting Senior AA Provincials March 26 - 29.

Piikani's arena will be here next year
Tryouts for the Piikani Senior Men's team will start on Saturday, October 10th from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Adams Ice Centre in Lethbridge.

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