Knights open senior hockey season at Fuller Lake Arena this weekend

Knights open senior hockey season at Fuller Lake Arena this weekend

North Island Capitals the visitors for games Saturday and Sunday

It’s game time for the South Island Knights.

The West Coast Senior Hockey League AA men’s team, based at Fuller Lake Arena, plays its season-openers this weekend, hosting the North Island Capitals Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 11 am.

“We’ll have pretty close to a full squad,” noted Knights’ spokesman and defenceman Jon Hollett.

He was still awaiting confirmations from a couple of players before finalizing the lineup.

The Knights utilize the talents of players from throughout the South Island from Victoria to Nanaimo, including Chemainus’ own Hollett.

Admission to the games is $7, with children 12 and under getting in free.

The Knights played a highly-entertaining brand of hockey during their inaugural season last year that captured the imagination of fans and reminded them of the glory days when the Chemainus Blues patrolled the Fuller Lake ice and drew packed crowds.

The Knights are hoping hockey fans will come and check out the games this weekend. They have only four weekend doubleheaders at home all season, with another four on the road.

The players, “a good portion of them,” according to Hollett, are regulars with teams in the Mill Bay Rec Hockey League and do double duty with the Knights.

The team is still on the lookout for some people to serve in a board of directors to capacity to alleviate the workload for Hollett and his wife Sarah. Anyone interested can let them know at the games.

A program will be available this weekend with the team’s lineup and schedule. “We’re working on that right now,” Hollett indicated.