The Dryden GM Ice Dogs are getting ready for the 2021-2022 hockey season, and have taken care of an important piece of business ahead of training camps later this summer.

Mike Sveinson has been re-elected into the President position for his eighth consecutive term, after the organization’s virtual Annual General Meeting held on May 25.

“The pandemic forced us to really mind the finances in the last many months, and we are in a position where we can bounce right back from the down year we all experienced,” said Sveinson, in the club’s prepared release.

“Dryden will need to support the team like it always has, and together we will ensure that Junior A Hockey is celebrated once more in its northwestern Ontario birthplace.”

The Dryden GM Ice Dogs have won two league championships, the Bill Salonen Cup, under Sveinson’s leadership over the past eight seasons – with back-to-back victories in 2016-2017 and 2017-2018. The team had previously won the cup in 2001-2002 and 2007-2008.

The team and the Dryden community also hosted the 2017-2018 Dudley-Hewitt Cup. The Ice Dogs performed well at their home arena but ultimately lost in the finals against the Wellington Dukes. It was their second appearance in the Dudley-Hewitt Cup championship tournament since 2015.

In 2019, the Dryden GM Ice Dogs were honoured with the league’s Team Community Service award, celebrating players’ volunteerism and involvement with the community. The team tracked just under 1,700 hours of volunteer time and raised over $22,000 for community-based projects and organizations.

“The Board of Governors of the Dryden GM Ice Dogs always views the task at hand as being about more than just hockey. This year is no exception, and perhaps the most important year yet,” adds Sveinson.

The 2021-2022 hockey season will mark the Dryden GM Ice Dogs’ and the Superior International Junior Hockey League’s 20th seasons in operation, with the club being an original member.

“We have been here since the start, and now, coming out of the pandemic, we are still here and ready to lead the way back to normal,” finishes Sveinson.

Secretary Natasha Lovenuk, Treasurer Gina White and Vice President Erik Lang will be joining Sveinson as the Ice Dogs’ executive team.