SPARTANS KICK OFF 2011 HOCKEY PRE-SEASON SATURDAY AGAINST OKANAGAN COYOTES

MEN’S HOCKEY (PRE-SEASON)
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2010
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SPARTANS KICK OFF 2011 HOCKEY PRE-SEASON SATURDAY AGAINST OKANAGAN COYOTES

LANGLEY, British Columbia
– This Saturday afternoon, Sept. 24, the Trinity Western University Spartans men’s hockey team will open up the 2011-12 season with a pre-game match against the Okanagan College Coyotes. Puck drop at the Langley Events Centre is set for 1 p.m.

 

TWU (0-1-0 Preseason)
2010-2011 BCIHL Record: 10-12-2, 5th
2010-2011 BCIHL Playoffs: 1-2, 4th


Beginning their second year clad in the Spartans blue and gold, the Spartans men’s hockey team enters a new season looking to improve upon last year’s fourth place finish in the BCIHL. In the off season the Spartans made a number of key additions to the team, adding skill and size to a team that lacked consistency.

Trinity Western has added a great deal of depth and experience to the blue line with the addition of defenseman including Brad Bakken, Chris Stew, and Dylan Mooney.  The revamped Spartans defence brings a larger presence to the rink, as the additions are all over 6’. In addition to this size, the Spartans have added leadership and experience through players that will be able to make an immediate impact. The new look of the defense corps will be supported by returning defensemen: Aaron Heggie, Benson Wu, and Brendan Elenko.

On offence the Spartans look to the new additions to step in after the departure of top scorer Robert Vos, who led TWU with 23 points. However, the new signings show a great deal of potential and bring a diversity of experience to the ice. The Spartans have added Joshua Gordon and Kye Benjamins at the front end, looking to add an offensive punch to the lineup.

In the net the Spartans retain go-to goalie John-Paul Chapman, who last year posted a save percentage of over 90 percent to earn BCIHL all-star goalie honours. Also returning to battle for the goaltending duties is second year Tim Zwiers.

The Spartans open the season with a team that is bigger, stronger, and tougher then the last in their chase for their first BCIHL Championship.

Okanagan College Coyotes (0-0-1 Preseason)
2010-2011 BCIHL Record: 13-10-1, 3rd
2010-2011 BCIHL Playoffs: 0-2, 5th

The Okanagan Coyotes are a team hungry for success after a disappointing playoff run last season. In the regular season the Coyotes posted a respectable 13-10-1 record before being dropped by the Spartans in the playoffs.

On the front end the Coyotes will be led by Aaron Buat, who was fourth in the BCIHL in scoring with 16 goals and 17th in points with 25. Joining Buat this year will be Chris Glen and Miles Houston, two experienced forwards with impressive offensive resumes, and former Lloydminster Bobcats Captain Steve Dobbin.

The blue line will be supported by newcomer Alex McDougall, a veteran defenseman with Junior “A” experience and a solid background including being a KIJHL (Kootenay International Junior Hockey League) All-Star. Other notable defensive recruits include Keon Vick and Cory Hodgins.

-TW-

Last Updated: 2011-09-22
Author: Scott Stewart