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Vets ready for title run as Blizzard season draws near


As the hockey season comes closer the players of the OCN Blizzard came back to The Pas and area to get ready for yet another season of Blizzard hockey. As the team puts a wrap to their summer camp and begins to enter the official training camp with pre-season games just a week away, some of the players are eager to get going following a long off-season.
“I think everyone’s excited to get the season started and just trying to get better again,” said Eamonn Miller, forward for the OCN Blizzard.
“I’m thrilled, nothing better than coming back and seeing all the guys after a short summer but a good summer. I’m excited to get stuff going again,” added Kyle Wiltshire, another forward for the OCN Blizzard.
The summer season was a welcome break for some players, but they were still anxious to get back on the ice and start playing.
“It was good seeing family and friends from back home, but ultimately coming back it felt just as good,” Miller said.
“Mine was ok, it wasn’t the best summer I just worked a lot and trained,” said Wiltshire.
The OCN Blizzard will be starting their pre-season on the road the night of September 5 against the Flin Flon Bombers. That will be followed up with a second tilt between the two teams back in The Pas on September 8, two games these two players are excited for.
“I got a few buddies on that team so it’ll be fun playing against them,” Miller said, with Wiltshire adding, “It’s a good rivalry.”
As for the season itself it will be a tough act to follow last season’s accomplishments in which the Blizzard made the MJHL finals and cam two wins shy of claiming their first Turnbull Memorial Cup since 2003, but the players say that you have to reach for the top every time and not settle for anything else.
“We set a pretty high bar last year, and I guess the only thing to do is win it this year. As for goals, pretty much the same thing, just get as far as we can and do as well as we can,” Wiltshire said.
One of the main aspects of OCN’s success last year was all the players pulling together as a team, with focus and discipline. This year the club has a number of returning players and the hope is that unity will continue.
“We’re a pretty tightknit family, that’s where most of our success came last year,” Wiltshire said.
“We just got to work hard every game just like last year, just come focused and prepared to battle every night,” Miller added.
The regular season starts here at home the night of September 22, against the Waywayseecappo Wolverines, and then it’s on the road the next night against the Swan Valley Stampeders.
Read future editions of the Opasquia Times for more coverage of the OCN Blizzard.

Trevor Wright