Here’s hoping that junior (and other) hockey will be able to return to action this month. The Slave Lake Icedogs are certainly hoping for that.
Team owner Lauren Barr put out a call for more players last week. The team is looking for another goalie, five defencemen and two forwards to join up for the rest of the season, which has been extended into April.
Barr tells The Leader some players did leave the team during the extended COVID-induced break that ran from late November into early January. Which ones she did not say. Just that the team “will be signing new players for the remainder of the season.”
As to the date for next home game, nothing had been confirmed as of press time.
After eight games this season, the Icedogs find themselves in a second-place tie with the Northern Alberta Tomahawks, with eight points from four wins. They trail leaders High Prairie Redwings by six points.
Barr says the plan is to return to practice on the Jan. 12 end of lockdown. That probably means games will commence the following weekend, which would be Jan. 15 and 16. But at this point, the schedule is uncertain.
The situation for minor hockey in Slave Lake is even less clear. Slave Lake Minor Hockey Association president Chris Taylor said last week, “we’re in a holding pattern.” In other words, until the province gives the green light to resume play, no predictions will be forthcoming.