Monday, June 12, 2017

Sea Dogs returning to Quispamsis [Updated]

UPDATE: The Sea Dogs say there was an error in the league's schedule. There is expected to be just one game at the qplex - Sunday, Aug. 27. The other home game on Wednesday, Aug. 23 will be at Harbour Station.
The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League announced its pre-season schedule on Monday.

The Saint John Sea Dogs will play four "real" pre-season games this season, all of which will be held following the team's participation in the Moncton rookie tournament.

From the QMJHL website:

For a second season, the League set up pre-camps before the main camps which begin on Tuesday, August 22. From August 17 to 20, Moncton, Sherbrooke, Chicoutimi and Shawinigan will host a pre-camp in their respective cities with the exception of Sherbrooke which will hold their event in Lennoxville, Quebec. The goal is to enable our teams to evaluate players from their organizations against other organizations and subsequently be able to make a selection of players that can be invited to the regular camp. In Moncton, the Wildcats will host the following teams, BAT-CAP-CHA-HAL-SNB, the Phoenix will host BLB-VDO-GAT, in Lennoxville, the Saguenéens will welcome BAC-QUE-RIM and finally in Shawinigan, the Cataractes will host ROU-VIC-DRU.

The Sea Dogs will open the Hub City Showcase (that's what it was called last season, at least) on Friday, Aug. 18 against the Halifax Mooseheads. The team will take on the Moncton Wildcats the following day. There will presumably be a game on Sunday, Aug. 20 as well against a to-be-determined opponent (last year's event followed a tournament style format).

The "real" pre-season games begin on Wednesday, Aug. 23 with the Dogs hosting the Acadie-Bathurst Titan at the qplex in Quispamsis Harbour Station. It's one of two pre-season games Saint John will play at the qplex, with The other home pre-season contest will be on Sunday, Aug. 27 against Halifax at the qplex in Quispamsis.

The Sea Dogs have played pre-season games at the qplex before but have not been there since 2013 (I think). According to the schedule, the Dogs won't play any pre-season games at Harbour Station this year, which will be a first.

Saint John's other pre-season games include a Aug. 25 game in Bathurst and a Sept. 15 contest in Halifax (which will be played at Scotiabank Centre, a rarity in exhibition play).

The Sea Dogs begin the 2017-18 regular season at home on Sept. 21 against the Halifax Mooseheads.

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