Slave Lake’s Junior ‘A’ hockey team the Icedogs, held a skate at River Cree in Edmonton on Sept. 6. Head coach Brian Noad said prior to that date it was to get a look at some prospective players from the Edmonton area, for whom a trip to Slave Lake on spec was harder to arrange. The formal tryout camp, however, is scheduled for Slave Lake Sept. 13 and 14.
“We’re moving forward,” Noad said at a meeting last week. “We’re getting sponsors, getting players. We’re doing our best to recruit a good team.”
Noad said he had a dozen players were signed, including one goalie so far, with “lots coming to camp.”
Speaking of sponsors, Noad said McDonalds is one of them and Rebryna Dana is another. So is RBC. Doug Albers, he said, is sponsoring something called ‘Free Family Fridays,’ in which kids get into the games free.
Lauren Barr, the team owner, was at the meeting. She said she’ll be handling the billeting of the players who need it.
“I’ve done it before,” she said.
Noad has an assistant coach and would like another one.
“We also need an equipment manager,” he said.
The Icedogs’ schedule is out and available on the team website, although Barr warned it is likely to change a bit. But for now, it shows, the team playing its first three home games on Oct. 4, 5 and 11 against the Cold Lake Wings, Enoch Tomahawks and Rosetown Red Wings. They are in a league called GMHL West. The GMHL is based in Ontario and stands for Greater Metro Hockey League. Its commissioner is Bob Russell and the guy in charge of the Western Division is Brian Keller.