The Peninsula Panthers Junior B hockey team returns to the ice in exhibition play this Friday night at 5:30 p.m. at Panorama’s Arena A, against the Westshore Wolves. (File)

Peninsula Panthers host Westshore in Friday hockey exhibition

Up and comers with the Peninsula Panthers’ Junior B hockey team will likely get the start in Friday afternoon’s first exhibition game of the season.

The club, which plays out of the Panorama Recreation Centre located in North Saanich, is expecting to ice its younger players who have been involved in the Panthers’ development camp. The team has been practicing in the centre’s ‘A’ ice surface, instead of their regular ‘B’ surface, as that rink has been undergoing a complete renovation this spring and summer. The main arena at Panorama is getting a new concrete ice rink, new boards and the rink itself has been reconfigured to provide more team bench space. The penalty boxes and scorers’ booth has been relocated to the west side the arena and the seating area has been changed to accommodate the larger rink area.

Still, the next door ice sheet is still frozen and that’s where the Panthers will host the Westshore Wolves on Fri., Aug. 25 at 5:30 p.m.

The game will feature younger players — some of whom will not be on this year’s roster. But Club Governor and General Manager Pete Zubersky says the team regularly gives those players a taste of junior hockey, as they work their way up through Peninsula Minor Hockey.

The local hockey club earlier this month became the first junior team in western Canada to mandate full face cage protection for all of its players.

Peninsula will travel to Westshore later this month and follow that up with a home and home exhibition series against the Saanich Braves — Sept. 1 in Saanich and back home Sept. 2 for an 8 p.m. game.

The Panthers will start the regular Vancouver island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL) season on Sept. 8 on the road to Mill Bay to face the Kerry Park Islanders. Peninsula will start out on the road until their home ice renovations are complete. They have slated their first home game on Fri., Sept. 29, hosting the Victoria Cougars.

— with files from the Peninsula Panthers

Just Posted

Large fire destroys Port Renfrew business

A Port Renfrew business that was soon to be opening as a… Continue reading

Six-year-old boy needs $19,000 a month to treat rare form of arthritis

Mother of sick Sooke boy asks government to help fund treatments

Bird watchers gear up for annual count

Count takes place in Langford, Colwood, Victoria, North and Central Saanich

Oak Bay senior boys basketball takes Tsumura title

Junior and senior teams host Gary Taylor Classic starting Thursday

Site C dam goes ahead, cost estimate now up to $10.7 billion

Premier John Horgan says Christy Clark left him no other choice

Youth Against Cancer Club strikes again Island cancer lodge

Oak Bay High students craft decor to outfit the Canadian Cancer Society lodge in Victoria

Environmental groups slam NDP decision to continue with Site C

Construction industry, meanwhile, is cautiously optimistic about how the project will look

Be ladder safe both at work and home

WorkSafeBC wants you to keep safe while hanging those Christmas lights this year

B.C. overdose deaths surpass 1,200

96 people died of illicit drug overdoses in October

Crown appeals stay against Jamie Bacon in Surrey Six killings

B.C.’s prosecution service says judge’s decision reveals ‘errors of law’

Feds agree to give provinces 75 per cent of pot tax revenues

Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the agreement today

HOMEFINDER: Victoria condo project offers investment opportunity

Below market prices at Vivid at The Yates appealed to young Victoria couple

Red Scorpion associates cuffed in drug-trafficking bust

Kamloops RCMP lay charges in connection to Red Scorpion drug trafficking ring

Most Read