The National Hockey League may be stuck in labour limbo, but that doesn’t mean there’s no hockey on the horizon this fall.
Junior hockey is well under way in Calgary for the new season, and once again, and things heating up at SAIT, at the men’s and women’s Trojans get set for action in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC).
Looking to improve on last season’s results, both the Men’s and Women’s teams hit the ice on the weekend of Sept. 29-30 to finalize their rosters in pre-season tournaments. Check out http://www.saittrojans.com/teams/hockey.html for more details.
The Men’s team was at home to play in the 24th annual SAIT Eye-opener tournament, which drew teams from all over Alberta and B.C.
The Women’s team, meanwhile, took their talents down to Lethbridge to play in a preseason tournament against schools such as the universities of Lethbridge, Alberta and Regina.
Men’s coach and SAIT athletic director Ken Babey has coached the Trojans for more than 25 years and is confident that this year’s batch of new players can restore the team to its former greatness. The Trojans won the ACAC championship consecutively for four years, ending in 2011.
“Currently we have 27 players on our team, of whom 18 are first-time players at SAIT,” said Babey,
“I like our team, I think we’ve got a good skill set. We’re a little bit bigger and faster than last year and so far I like the attitude we have.”
After finishing in third last year with a record of 19-6 with one overtime loss and two ties, the Men’s Trojans have their eyes set on first, currently held by the Augustana Vikings of Camrose.
“Last year was an off year for our program in my eyes. I think this team has the potential to be a very good team in this conference,” said Babey.
The women’s team is also looking to improve on last season.
Finishing in last place within the conference with a record of 6-12 with two overtime losses and four ties last year, SAIT’s women’s team was the only team to not make the women’s ACAC hockey playoffs.
Second-year chemical engineering technician student Justine Cantley is an assistant captain and plays right wing for the women’s Trojans. She believes that her Trojans can only go up from last year.
“Last year we were last, it was definitely not a very good season. We’re looking so much better this year,” said Cantley.
“We’re all getting along very well but we still have a lot of practicing to do. But I think it will all come with time,” she said.
“We have a young team, but we have a lot of potential.”
You can catch the men’s team start their quest for glory in their home opener on Oct. 12-13 against the Briercrest College Clippers.
The women start their season at home the following week on Oct. 19th against the NAIT Ooks.
For rosters and further scheduling information check out http://www.saittrojans.com/teams/hockey/womens_hockey.html for women’s and http://www.saittrojans.com/teams/hockey/mens_hockey.html for men’s.