The Saint John Sea Dogs will open the 2012-13 regular season in Moncton on Friday, September 13. The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League released their full schedule this afternoon.
It will be the first time the Sea Dogs open the regular season at the Moncton Coliseum. It will also be the first time since 2009 that the Sea Dogs open the season on the road.
Following their season opening, Saint John will play in Bathurst on Sunday, September 15. The Sea Dogs will hold their home opener on Saturday, September 21 against Bathurst.
The Dogs will play their first game against the Charlottetown Islanders on September 22 at Harbour Station. Other notable dates include October 1 when the Memorial Cup Champion Halifax Mooseheads play their first game at the Station, the Wildcats play their first game of the year in Saint John on October 16, and the Dogs play in Shawinigan on January 29.
The Sea Dogs will end the regular season - as usual - with a stretch of four straight road games. Their ninth campaign closes on March 15 in Charlottetown.
"We are thrilled with this year’s schedule as we have a combined 20 Friday and Saturday night dates which are always our most popular nights," said Sea Dogs president Wayne Long in a team release. "We also have six Sunday dates and these continue to grow as a family afternoon of hockey."
The full Sea Dogs schedule can be seen here. We’ll have a breakdown of the sked later this week.
The QMJHL regular season begins on Thursday, September 12 with the Mooseheads hosting the Wildcats.