Saints Home Opener Goes Saturday

Selkirk College Hockey Team Begins the Drive For Five


The Selkirk College Saints will raise another British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) banner to the rafters of the Castlegar & District Recreation Centre on Saturday night, but the focus for this year’s group of student athletes will not be on the past.

The Saints captured a fourth straight provincial title last March before a raucous home crowd at the Castlegar arena, further adding to a historic run that will long be remembered. When the puck drops on the BCIHL regular season against the Simon Fraser University Clan this Saturday night, the 2016-2017 edition of the Selkirk College Saints will be setting their collective sights on the future and getting to work on the “Drive For Five.”

Saints Home Opener

The Selkirk College Saints begin their quest for a fifth straight British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) championship this Saturday night at the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex against the Simon Fraser University Clan. The game starts at 7:00 p.m. where the team will first raise the 2015-2016 championship banner before the puck drops on the new season.

“I can’t predict what is going to happen, all we can do is prepare the best way possible,” says Head Coach Brent Heaven, who returns to his post behind the bench for the second season. “The players all have their own identified roles on the team, so if everybody is on the same page and we weather the adversity that is going to come… we have the right group here and we are confident we can win our fifth consecutive championship. But there are a lot of things that are going to happen between now and then.”

This year’s roster will feature a mix of 16 veterans and 10 BCIHL rookies. During the off-season, Heaven and his coaching staff signed players that know what it takes to be successful both on the ice and off.

Saturday’s home game against Simon Fraser starts at 7:00 p.m. The Saints will then hit the road for two straight weekends and return to the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex on Friday, October 28 to take on Eastern Washington University.

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