Thursday, June 21, 2012

Pre-Season Schedule Released

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League has announced the 2012 pre-season schedule.

According to the schedule posted on the league’s website, the Saint John Sea Dogs will play seven exhibition games this year beginning at August 17 at Harbour Station when they host the Prince Edward Island Rocket. The Sea Dogs will play three home games – all of which are believed to be played at Harbour Station.

Saint John will play PEI, Moncton, and Halifax twice and Bathurst once.

Here is the Sea Dogs’ full pre-season schedule.

August 17 at 7:30pm – PEI vs Saint John – Harbour Station
August 18 at 2:00pm – Saint John vs PEI – Pownal Sports Centre
August 22 at at 7pm – Saint John vs Bathurst - Tracadie-Sheila, NB
September 7 at 7pm – Saint John vs Moncton – Amherst Stadium
September 8 at 7pm – Moncton vs Saint John – Harbour Station
September 14 at 7pm – Saint John vs Halifax – Halifax Forum
September 15 at 7pm – Halifax vs Saint John – Harbour Station

The pre-season is stretched out more this year with the regular season starting two weeks later. The 2012-13 campaign begins with Bathurst visiting Saint John on Thursday, September 20.

The Sea Dogs’ pre-season schedule last year consisted of five games that stretched from August 19 to August 31. The regular season started on September 8 a year ago.

This year’s pre-season and training camp should be much more interesting than last year’s with plenty of roster spots up for grabs. The spotlight will likely be on Matthew Highmore, Olivier Leblanc, and whoever the Dogs pick in next week’s CHL Import Draft.

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