The SJHL's schedule was released earlier today and the Klippers open up the 2008-2009 season at home where it seems they will play most of their games before Christmas.
The preseason starts on Monday September 1st with Kindersley hosting the Battlefords who they play 3 times. The other game for the Klips is on the road in Brooks on the 3rd.
Kindersley opens up the regular season on September 12th at home against the visiting North Stars and back in North Battleford on the 13th.
There are 19 games scheduled at the West Central Events Centre before the Christmas break and 14 games on the road. Following the break 13 of the Klippers final 22 games are played away from the friendly confines. That includes 4 games in 5 nights coming off the break between January 4th and the 8th.
Some dates to mark on your calendar this year include Wednesday October 8th. That will mark the first time Kindersley will meet the Humboldt Broncos after last season's Credential Cup final series that went 7 games. The game will be played in Kindersley. There will be a World Jr A Selection game held in Yorkton on October 7th and the SJ's annual all star game will be on January 18th.
The Klippers have a few lengthy home stands in this campaign. The longest is a 6 gamer from October 8th through to November 4th. They also have a stretches of 5 consecutive home games from November 18th to December 2nd, and four at home from December 11-20.
The Klippers play three games in three nights a total of eight times this season. The longest time spent out on the road will be 6 consecutive games which they do twice from November 6-15 and February 6-14. They also have road trips of 4 games (once) and 3 games (three times).
The season will wrap up for the Klippers Monday February 16tha nd Tuesday the 17th with two games at the WCEC with the Notre Dame Hounds.
The Nipiwan Hawks continue to search for a head coach after Dave Hyrsky was released from his contractual oblications earlier this week. SJHL.ca reported that Hyrsky was unable to fulfill his duties due to personal commitments he had in Europe.
Assistant Coach and interm GM Dwight Kulchysky has taken over the reins for now but sources say he has NOT applied for the position and has no interest in it. Look for an announcement on this in the next 2 weeks.
The WHL has released its 2008 exhibition schedule.
Five different regional tournaments will be held.
The Saskatoon Blades tournament kicks off on Thursday, September 5th as they play host to the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
Also participating in the tournament are the Prince Albert Raiders, Medicine Hat Tigers, Moose Jaw Warriors and Swift Current Broncos.