IceCaps Take Training Camp Across Province
Gander and Grand Falls-Windsor to Host Exhibition Games.
The St. John’s IceCaps are pleased to announce that the American Hockey League club will hold its training camp next month in three sites across the province. The IceCaps will open camp at Mile One Centre in St. John’s Tuesday, Sept. 27. That day will consist of team medicals and physicals, as well as an on-ice training session. The following day, the team will head to Central Newfoundland for three days.
The team will play a pair of games in Central, against the Norfolk Admirals, the farm team of the Tampa Bay Lightning. The IceCaps will play in Grand Falls-Windsor on Sept. 29 and in Gander on Sept. 30. In addition to that, the club will hold two game-day skates at the Gander Community Centre. Glenn Stanford, Governor and COO of the St. John’s IceCaps, says bringing the team to other parts of the province is a big part of training camp. “We’re billing this as a provincial team and this is just another step in that direction,” said Stanford. “Going to Gander and Grand Falls-Windsor will allow fans of the hockey club a chance to see our team in action, something they may not be able to do a lot of during the winter months. “In fact, the people who get to see the team in Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium will be the first in Newfoundland and Labrador to see us play. We’re not only bringing two games to Central Newfoundland, we’re taking the full camp there for three days.” The Town of Grand Falls-Windsor is hosting the inaugural IceCaps game, an event that has Mayor Al Hawkins excited. “The Town of Grand Falls-Windsor is thrilled to be hosting the first ever game of the IceCaps to be played in the province,” Mayor Hawkins said. “This will provide a great opportunity for residents of Central Newfoundland to get good look at the AHL team that will be representing our province and we are very excited about that. “In addition, Grand Falls-Windsor will be the answer to a trivia question some day, and that’s something that our town is very proud of, getting to host the first game the IceCaps will ever play. That will certainly be an historic moment for our town and the province.” Tickets for the game at Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium go on sale Sept. 6. Holding seat ticket holders will have first option to purchase tickets from 7-9 p.m. on Sept. 6 and 7. Remaining seats and standing room tickets will go on sale to the general public Sept. 8 and 9.
Destination Gander is the host for the stay in that town. The team will actually stay in Gander during its entire time in Central Newfoundland, and practise at the Gander Community Centre. Rex Avery is chair of the Board of Directors for Destination Gander. “We are pleased the St. John’s IceCaps have agreed to participate in the Beyond Words Tribute in Gander this September,” Avery stated. “Hosting the new AHL team is an exciting opportunity for Central Newfoundland, and will benefit the local economy greatly.” In addition to the game, the IceCaps will be taking part in a charity dinner auction, and a hockey game during their stay in Gander. “It will be a great opportunity for the local community to come out and meet these potential future NHL hockey stars in person, and sit with them during the charity dinner,” Avery said. Tickets for the game in Gander will go on sale immediately at the Gander Community Centre. The third exhibition game for the IceCaps will take place Sunday, Oct. 2 at Mile One Centre. Tickets for that game will be available at the Mile One Centre Box Office.
The St. John’s IceCaps hockey club is the newest team in the American Hockey League, and bring pro hockey back to St. John’s after a six-year hiatus. St. John’s is the farm team of the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets. In operation since 1936, the American Hockey League serves as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 87 percent of today’s NHL players are AHL graduates, and through the years the American Hockey League has been home to more than 100 honoured members of the Hockey Hall of Fame.