Monday, May 29, 2017

2017-18 QMJHL schedule released

SAINT JOHN - The Saint John Sea Dogs will host the first game of the 2017-18 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League season.

The President Cup champion Sea Dogs will take on the Halifax Mooseheads on Thursday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. at Harbour Station, which will kick off the new QMJHL campaign. The Dogs will presumably raise their 2017 championship banners that night.

The rest of the league will begin action the following day.

The Sept. 21 match will be the first of three straight home games the Dogs will play to start the regular season.

Saint John's first road game will be on Sept. 29 in Moncton.

As usual, the Sea Dogs will end the regular season on the road, playing back-to-back games in Sydney on March 16 and 17.

The full Sea Dogs schedule can be found on the league website. The schedule shows that most of Saint John's Sunday home games will start at 2 p.m. this season.

The league schedule will consist of 68 games once again, with 34 being played at home and 34 on the road. Every team will play each other at least once.

Of note, the Ottawa 67's and Gatineau Olympiques will meet twice this season, with the first being played outdoors at TD Place on Dec. 17. The second meeting will be on Jan. 12 at Robert Guertin Centre.

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