Making it work, so far

If the Slave Lake Icedogs can come out of their COVID season debt-free, imagine what they could do in a normal season, with the stands full of paying customers. People involved with the team and the league are probably imagining something just like that for the 2021/22 season.

At this point, of course, we don’t know what the circumstances will be. But let’s say all restrictions are a thing of the past, and fans will be free this fall to buy their tickets and attend games in person. Full stands is probably too much to hope for. But competitive, local hockey has a lot going for it, and it’s good bang for your buck on a Friday or Saturday night.

A lot of local pundits were predicting failure for this experiment in ‘pay-to-play’ junior hockey. So far, at least, they are wrong and the proponents are somehow making it work.

What they’re telling us is Season #3 in the GMHL West is definitely going ahead, come September, with Gregg Kennedy again behind the bench. See more details on this story on Page 14 of this week’s Leader.

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