The exhibition schedule gets underway tomorrow for the Superior International Junior Hockey League, as the expansion Kam River Fighting Walleye are hosting the Thunder Bay North Stars. The Dryden Ice Dogs and Red Lake Miners will face off a week tomorrow, with times and location to be announced. Mike Sveinson is president of the Ice Dogs, and he can't wait to get going.
"The team is here for entertainment, at a time when the community is in desperate need of it. We haven't had a lot of distractions for the last eight-nine months," he said.
Due to the pandemic, Sveinson notes there will be restrictions on attendance at the games, but fans will be able to follow a livestream. He emphasizes this is a difficult situation, as he looks for ways to decide who gets to attend and who doesn't.
At the same time, due to public health restrictions, the team hasn't been able to visit in the community, as they have in the past. Players have been visiting with seniors, hospital patients and schools before the pandemic.
"We're really relying on the community to tell us where you can see us fitting in and help us out. If you have an idea that you think would work in accordance with social distancing -- in accordance with all the mandates we're currently facing and the challenges we're facing within our lives -- let us know," he said.
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