Monday, July 4, 2011


SAINT JOHN – It’s been awhile since the Saint John Sea Dogs and Moncton Wildcats have met in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League pre-season.

But the two rivals will get acquainted on the first day of the pre-season schedule this year as they do battle at the Red Ball Internet Centre on Friday, August 17 at 7:00 pm. They meet the next night at Harbour Station at the same time.

The Sea Dogs will play the Wildcats and PEI Rocket twice and the Acadie-Bathurst Titan once.

Saint John will play three of their five games at non-QMJHL rinks. Along with playing at the Red Ball Internet Centre in Moncton, the Sea Dogs will hold a game at the new $24-million multi-purpose facility 'qplex' in Quispamsis on August 27.

“Our great fans stretch beyond the Saint John city limits,” said Sea Dogs President Wayne Long in a release. “Hundreds of dedicated supporters from the Kennebecasis Valley and other nearby areas travel to see our games all season long. The qplex is an incredible facility and a new focal point for the community in Quispamsis and the surrounding areas. This is a great opportunity to take a major junior game right to their backyard.”

The Dogs will also face the Rocket at the University of Prince Edward Island’s MacLauchlan Arena.

The full pre-season schedule can be seen below:

Friday, August 19 – Saint John @ Moncton, 7 p.m. (Red Ball Internet Centre)
Saturday, August 20 – Moncton @ Saint John, 7 p.m.
Saturday, August 27 – P.E.I. @ Saint John, 7 p.m. (qplex)
Sunday, August 28 – Saint John @ P.E.I., 7 p.m.
Wednesday, August 31 – Acadie-Bathurst @ Saint John, 7 p.m.

The QMJHL’s regular season schedule, which was delayed after the Lewiston Maineiacs (RIP) folded, should be released shortly.

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