Selkirk Saints announce preseason schedule

Frist game Tuesday, Aug. 27 in Trail while first home game is set for Friday, Sept. 13.

Logan Proulx and the Selkirk Saints will face off against his old team

Logan Proulx and the Selkirk Saints will face off against his old team

The Selkirk College Men’s Hockey program, coming off a championship season, has released its 2013/14 preseason schedule, which includes eight games against BCHL, BCIHL and ACAC competition.

The Saints will open their exhibition slate on Tuesday, August 27 at 7 p.m. when they make the short trip to Cominco Arena to face off against the Trail Smoke Eaters in the first-ever game between the two teams.

“Our players and staff are very excited for the game against the Smoke Eaters and the opportunity to hopefully work towards making this game an annual event,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois in a release. “We also have a pair of ex-Smokies, Logan Proulx and Darnell Dyck, who I know are looking forward to a fun and competitive game against their old team.”

Selkirk will play its first home games of the preseason two weeks later when they host Keyano College from Fort McMurray, Alberta on Friday, September 13 at 8 p.m. at the Nelson Recreation Complex and Saturday, September 14 at 4 p.m. at the Castlegar Recreation Complex. Keyano competes in the nine-team Alberta Colleges Athletics Conference.

“Keyano College play in a highly competitive league against some of the top college teams in Canada,” said Dubois. “We’re very pleased that they’ve committed to make the trip to the West Kootenays and we’re also looking forward to playing in Nelson once again after a great experience winning our League Championship on that ice in March.”

The Saints will then travel to Edmonton the following weekend for a trio of games against ACAC opponents.

The team will open the weekend on Friday, September 20 against Concordia University before meeting the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and MacEwan University on Saturday and Sunday respectively. The NAIT match-up will be much-anticipated on both sides, as it will be a meeting of the 2013 ACAC and BCIHL league champions. It will also see the Saints face off against last season’s team captain, Jordan Wood, who has moved on to complete his business degree while competing for the Ooks.

Selkirk will then return to wrap up their preseason schedule against Trinity Western University on Friday, September 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Nelson Recreation Complex and Saturday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Castlegar Recreation Complex.

The Saints’ 2013/14 regular season schedule will be released in the coming days. For more information about the team, visit GoSaints.ca.