The Lomond Lakers are set to begin their season on Friday, Oct. 30.
The local Junior B team starts its season against Cochrane that evening at the Vulcan District Arena. The game begins at 7:30 p.m.
“We’re all excited to get things going,” said Brad Koch, the Lakers’ general manager.
Expectations are “fairly high” for the Lakers this season, said Koch, who says this year’s team is the most talented the Lakers have had in their three years.
Due to COVID-19, the Lakers are only playing the five other teams in the Heritage Junior Hockey League’s Southern Division during the regular season. The Southern Division is comprised of Lomond, Cochrane, Coaldale, Medicine Hat, Okotoks and Strathmore.
The Lakers face off against each team four times in a row, and take two weeks off – they will still be practising during that time – before playing a different squad in their division, said Koch.
After the Oct. 30 game in Vulcan, Lomond plays in Cochrane on Sunday, Nov., 1, and then the two teams face each other twice more the following weekend, Nov. 7 in Vulcan and Nov. 8 in Cochrane.
After their two-week break from games, the Lakers then play another four games, this time against Okotoks.
The Lakers plan to play all their home games in Vulcan this season. The Lomond Community Centre was demolished last year due to structural issues with the roof, and the arena has yet to be replaced.
Vulcan has always supported the team well, said Koch.
But due to COVID-19 only a limited number of people will be allowed to watch the Lakers play.
A total of 15 are allowed to watch from the arena’s mezzanine and 80 from the bleachers, said Koch.
Spectators will be required to socially distance.
Koch advises spectators to get to the Vulcan District Arena early to purchase tickets, which sell for $10 for adults and $5 for students.
“I’d hate to turn people away,” he said.