As the summer winds down, the minds of many on the North Coast turn to the ice and the return of hockey to arenas and televisions across the country.
To wet the whistle of some fans, the Central Interior Hockey League (CIHL) has released the schedule for the Prince Rupert Rampage’s 2014/2015 season. All told there will be eight games played at the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre between October and January, with five of six possible opponents making the trip to perform in front of the crowd at the arena Prince Rupert.
The first home game of the season will take place on Saturday, Oct. 4 as the Rampage host the Kitimat Ice Demons.
Two weeks later, the team will play one of only two at-home double-headers and the only time during the season the Rampage will host two different teams over the course of one weekend. On Saturday, Oct. 18, the Rampage will play host to the back-to-back Coy Cup champion Williams Lake Stampeders. The next day at one p.m. the Rampage will host the Quesnel Kangaroos.
November will have only one CIHL game played in Prince Rupert when the Rampage host the Ice Demons on Saturday, Nov. 1.
Much like November, there is only one weekend of CIHL action in December as the Rampage host the powerhouse Smithers Steelheads at 8 p.m. on Dec. 6 and at 1 p.m. on Dec. 7.
The season will wrap up with perhaps the team’s biggest rival as the Terrace River Kings come to town in January. The two teams will first faceoff on Saturday, Jan. 3 followed by a return to Prince Rupert for the last home game of the season on Friday, Jan. 16.
The only team in the league fans won’t see this year are the Lac La Hache Tomahawks, as the Houston Luckies pulled out of the league.
For those who don’t mind a little bit of travel to watch the team, the Rampage will be in action in Terrace on Saturday, Oct. 11 and Friday, Jan. 2.
The Rampage have already begun preparing for the season, with the first practice of the year being held last Monday.
Competition promises to be fierce this year as there are only four playoff spots available.